MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the Washington Bullets, GENE SHUE, 54. With a career mark of 757-768 (32-37 this season), Shue is the losingest, and third-winningest, coach in NBA history. He had coached the then Baltimore Bullets from 1966 to '73, Philadelphia and San Diego before rejoining the Bullets in 1980. Shue's replacement, KEVIN LOUGHERY, 46, has a career mark of 452-522 in stops in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Atlanta and Chicago.
NAMED: As basketball coach: at Kansas State, LON KRUGER, 33, replacing Jack Hartman, who retired after 16 seasons with a 295-169 record and three Big Eight titles; at Bowling Green State, JIM LARRANAGA, 36, an assistant coach at Virginia; at Wichita State, EDDIE FOGLER, 37, an assistant at North Carolina; at Idaho, TIM FLOYD, 32, a UTEP assistant; and at South Carolina, GEORGE FELTON, 33, a Georgia Tech assistant.
DIED: JAMES SHULER, 26, former NABF middleweight champion, of massive head injuries when his motorcycle collided with a tractor trailer; in Philadelphia. He had lost his crown on March 10, suffering his first pro loss in 23 fights, when he was knocked out in the first round by Thomas Hearns.