Bob Valesente was fired yesterday as football coach at Kansas. His Jayhawks failed to win a Big Eight game in two seasons.

Athletic Director Bob Frederick acknowledged it was a decision that will be unpopular with the KU faculty, who were pleased with the way Valesente had restored academic integrity to the football program. "They will just have to trust me at this point," Frederick said. "We're going to hire a person with the same {academic} commitment."

Frederick said Earle Bruce, the fired Ohio State coach, and former Kansas assistant John Hadl would be considered if they were interested. He set a Dec. 7 application deadline.

Valesente, 47, had two years left on a four-year contract paying him an estimated $70,000 annually. His KU teams went 4-17-1, this season beating only Division I-AA Southern Illinois (by 16-15) and tying Kansas State. He said he was not given enough time to turn around the program, which with K-State's is among the nation's worst in terms of winning. "We needed," he said, "to first stop the academic attrition." . . .

A judge in Columbus turned down a request for a temporary restraining order to save Bruce's job as the dispute over last week's firing moved from campus to courtroom. The request was part of an individual suit by lawyer Phillip D. Cameron, a former Ohio State baseball player . . .

Oklahoma (11-0) captured 48 of 50 first-place votes to vault back to No. 1 in the UPI board of coaches' football rankings, and Orange Bowl opponent Miami (9-0) moved to No. 2.

Florida State (10-1) advanced to No. 3 and Syracuse (11-0) to No. 4 as Nebraska (9-1 after its loss to Oklahoma) slipped to No. 5.

Only the top four seem to have any chance for the national championship once the bowls are played.

Complete rankings, E7 . . .

Michael Dean Perry, the Clemson defensive tackle who broke the tackles-for-loss mark set by his brother William Perry, is the Atlantic Coast Conference football player of the year, Associated Press version.

Perry, a 275-pound senior, now has 60 tackles for losses, and in winning the award, he captured seven of the 10 votes cast by a panel of ACC sportswriters and broadcasters. Defensive back Norris Davis, a North Carolina senior out of Reston's South Lakes High School who scored five touchdowns on defense in 1987, gained two votes and Scott Secules, the Virginia quarterback from Centreville's Chantilly High, one.