MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As head basketball coach at William and Mary College, WARREN MITCHELL, 33-year-old assistant at Davidson for the past two seasons, to replace Bill Chambers, who resigned a week earlier to enter private business.
SWITCHED: Sports car racing's spring classic, the 12-hour International Grand Prix of Endurance, better known as SEBRING, from Sebring, Fla., site of the race for 15 years, to Palm Beach, by the Automobile Racing Club of Florida. Club spokesmen said the move was being made because Palm Beach offered better facilities for the actual race as well as for the increasing crowd. Palm Beach International Raceway will finance an estimated $1.5 million expansion of the raceway.
SIGNED: By CAZZIE RUSSELL, last season's collegiate player of the year with Michigan, a three-year contract with the New York Knicks for $200000, the highest ever for an NBA rookie.
FIRED: As manager of the Boston Red Sox after two seasons, BILLY HERMAN, 57, by Owner Tom Yawkey, who said "a change was in order." Herman, the fifth major league manager to be dropped this season, came to Boston after coaching two seasons (1958 and 1959) for the Milwaukee Braves. He then spent five seasons as the Red Sox third-base coach before replacing Johnny Pesky in 1965. Named as interim manager was First-base Coach PETE RUNNELS, 38.
DIED: FRANK SCHMITZ, 20, four-time NCAA gymnastics champion at Southern Illinois University and world champion in men's tumbling in 1965; when the small plane he was piloting crashed into a field near his home town of Lafayette, La.