Vernon Maxwell is no longer the all-time leading basketball scorer at Florida. By decision of Athletic Director Bill Arnsparger, he is now 21st. Arnsparger decided to delete Maxwell's junior and senior seasons from the Florida record book.

The NCAA, which imposed two years of sanctions against the program in September, had ruled Maxwell ineligible for both the 1987 and 1988 NCAA tournaments because he had an agent. That cost Maxwell 118 points and six assists, but still left him as the school's all-time leader in points and assists.

Because of Arnsparger's action, Maxwell, a guard for the Houston Rockets, lost 1,404 points, leaving him with only 1,046. Ronnie Williams, who played for Florida in 1980-84, again became the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,090 points.

Maxwell also lost 130 steals, which made Andrew Moten (1983-87) the school's leader in steals. . . .

Only four candidates from an original list of 40 remain in strong contention to replace Mike Archer as football coach at Louisiana State, according to the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, which reported that one of them is Georgia Tech's Bobby Ross.

The three others are Dick Sheridan of North Carolina State, Southern Mississippi's Curley Hallman and former Pittsburgh coach Mike Gottfried.

Archer coaches his last game Saturday when LSU ends its season against Tulane.