Craig (Ironhead) Heyward, the University of Pittsburgh's all-America junior running back and an expected front-runner for the 1988 Heisman Trophy, may be considering turning professional.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Heyward flew to Washington to to discuss the idea with sports agent Bruce Allen. Heyward refused to confirm the Allen meeting when contacted by the newspaper.

"Do not call this number anymore seeking information," the newspaper quoted him as saying. Heyward was booked on a flight that arrived here Friday night. He reportedly has met several times with Eric Metz, a Pittsburgh insurance salesman who represents Allen, the son of former Washington Redskins coach George Allen.

NCAA rules prohibit a player from any contact with an agent while the athlete has college eligibility. The newspaper said Heyward did poorly in his fall semester classes and has not attended classes this semester, which began Jan. 6.

"I've heard the rumors," Pitt Coach Mike Gottfried said. "I've talked to him {in the past} about it, but he said there was nothing to it. I intend to talk to Craig as soon as I can, as soon as we can find him." . . .

Virginia Tech interim basketball coach Frankie Allen will sign a four-year contract as full-fledged possessor of the post, according to the Roanoke Times and World-News.

Allen and Athletic Director David Braine had lengthy discussions about the contract the past couple of days, the newspaper said, and if the university board of visitors approves as expected, Virginia Tech officials are expected to make the announcement next week. Allen is the state's first black head coach for a revenue-producing sport in Division I.