He may not have made the headlines or frightened opposing coaches when he played quarterback and wide receiver at Wilson High School, but Carlos Diaz now is attracting attention for reasons much more important and tragic.

Diaz, a sophomore walk-on at Temple, last week completed the first part of a double bone-marrow transplant at the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University Medical Center. He was diagnosed as having cancer of the lymphatic system last fall, and the disease has spread.

In an attempt to help lessen the financial burden on Diaz, teammates held a homecoming pep rally on the Temple campus last week. Diaz already has incurred $300,000 in medical expenses, and Medicaid will not pay for the procedure because it has deemed it experimental.

The double bone-marrow transplant, which has been performed on 68 people, entails Diaz undergoing two high-intensity doses of chemotherapy, each of which is followed by an injection of his own bone marrow.

"It's kind of dangerous. It's kind of scary," Diaz told Knight-Ridder. "But you have to take on something like this head-on."

After learning he had cancer, Diaz underwent surgery before returning to the Philadelphia campus last spring. He was in uniform when practice began. His only action of the season thus far came in Temple's 28-0 victory over Austin Peay. The Owls, who went 1-10 last season, have won two in a row to bring their record to 4-3. Banned at Stanford

That wacky Stanford band has gotten itself in trouble again. The 1990 version of the outfit that ran interference on California's infamous game-winning, five-lateral scramble in 1982 and that served a one-game suspension in 1986 for mooning the crowd and urinating on the field, has been hit with a one-game suspension for its halftime performance in last week's game at Oregon. The performance included references to Oregon's alleged destruction of the environment and its carefree attitude toward marijuana.

Stanford acting athletic director Alan Cummings said the band will be reinstated only if it cleans up its act. "{The band} displayed an insensitivity and disrespect to the Oregon community," Cummings said. "The Department of Athletics will not be embarrassed again by the band."

Stanford also is having problems on the field. Since handing No. 2 Notre Dame its only loss, the Cardinal (2-6) has dropped three straight, being outscored, 120-38. Lombardi Finalists

Notre Dame's Chris Zorich, Illinois' Moe Gardner, Miami's Russell Maryland and Auburn's David Rocker -- brother of Redskins defensive lineman Tracy Rocker -- are the finalists for the Lombardi Trophy, given to the nation's best lineman. All four are defensive players, even though offensive linemen also are eligible for the award. . . .

Purdue Coach Fred Akers is rumored to be on his way out at season's end. The Boilermakers are 1-6 this season and 0-4 in the Big Ten. In four years at Purdue, Akers's record is 11-28-1. Rock-Bottom Razorbacks

This has been a season of embarrassment for Arkansas and of sweet revenge for its Southwest Conference rivals. The two-time SWC champion, which is leaving to join the Southeastern Conference after next season, is 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The Razorbacks have allowed an average of 53.5 points in their SWC losses, and opposing fans have taken to chanting "SEC, SEC, SEC" near the end of games.

"We've hit rock bottom," said Razorbacks Coach Jack Crowe. "We have come to the low point of our season. We are embarrassed." . . .

Akron assistant coach Mike Woodford recently claimed a $15 million prize for winning the Ohio state lottery, but decided to continue coaching. But he did tell Coach Gerry Faust he no longer needed a raise. . . .

Early in the season, the Lambert Poll -- which ranks the best nine teams in the East -- had only one winning team. Now, there are four: No. 1 Penn State (5-2), No. 2 Syracuse (4-2-2), No. 4 Boston College (4-3) and No. 5 Temple (4-3). But the combined record of the nine teams still is only 32-31-3. . . .

Louisville, guided by ex-Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger, made its first appearance in the national rankings in 18 years this week, breaking into the AP poll at No. 25.

Barring an unexpected collapse, the Cardinals (7-1-1) will make their first bowl appearance since 1977. "Being an unknown quantity and being a non-participant for so many years in the bowl scene, we were left behind. That won't happen this year," Schnellenberger said. "This is going to be the first bowl we're going to. There will be many more after this.". . .

A few Baylor players asked Coach Grant Teaff last week what an SWC championship ring looked like. He went home to get the two he owns as a result of 1974 and 1980 SWC titles, only to discover that they had been stolen from his Waco, Tex., home. Teaff's home has been broken into four times, the last time in April.