COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Former South Carolina football player Tommy Chaikin says he will cooperate with the State Law Enforcement Division in its preliminary inquiry into allegations by Chaikin of drug use by the football team when he was at the university.

''I'll cooperate with them just fine,'' Chaikin said Tuesday. ''Whatever they need.''

Chaikin told The Greenville News that no one from SLED had contacted him, but he did say SLED had talked with his parents. Chaikin refused further comment.

''I really don't want to talk about it any more,'' he said. ''You can call Sports Illustrated. They can probably answer your questions better. I've really said all I'm going to say already in the story.

''Everything's in the story. Unfortunately, the coaches down at South Carolina are taking a different position. But I'm not going to get into that anyway.''

Chaikin, who played at South Carolina from 1983 to 1987, said in an article last week in Sports Illustrated that he took steroids for three years, that about half the 1986 football team also took the muscle-buildin g drug and that some players also used drugs such as cocaine and LSD.

Solicitor James Anders requested the SLED investigation last week after the story broke. Since then, Anders said he has received ''lots of calls'' from a variety of people with information that needs to be checked.

''We're looking at players. We're looking at assistant coaches and possible ex-assistant coaches,'' Anders said. ''There may not be a single prosecution by the time it's over with, but at least we're going to explore every possibility.''