An apologetic Tic Price admitted yesterday that he abruptly resigned as Memphis basketball coach because he had an affair with a university student.

Price also said he paid the 23-year-old woman $17,000 after the affair ended, but did not specify what the money was for.

EXTENDED: Oregon State Coach Dennis Erickson has signed a contract extension through the 2004 season after leading the Beavers to their first winning season since 1970. Erickson, 52, also will receive a raise--from $300,000 a year to $480,000, the school said.

UNPUNISHED: No charges will be filed against a Wichita State pitcher who hit an opposing player with a pitch during a game in April, a district attorney said. Ben Christensen, who has since signed with the Chicago Cubs, injured Anthony Molina, an Evansville player, during the April 23 game as Molina waited at least 15 feet from home plate. Molina had fractures to three bones around his left eye after being struck in the face.

MOVES: Steve Tosches, who led Princeton to one outright Ivy League football championship and a share of two others in 13 seasons as coach, was fired, days after the Tigers' first last-place finish in 23 years, the Associated Press reported. . . . Delaware State fired football coach John McKenzie. . . . Mal Moore, who has been a part Alabama's six national football championships as either a player or coach, was hired as the school's athletic director. . . . Grambling AD Robert Piper died of cancer. He was 58.