MILEPOSTS—HIRED: JOHN COATTA, 37, former Wisconsin quarterback (1949-51), as head coach at his alma mater.
FIRED: Mississippi State Athletic Director WADE WALKER, 45, and Football Coach PAUL DAVIS, 43, whose team was 2-8 this year and 20-28-2 during the past five seasons.
RETIRED: MARVIN PANCH, 40, colorful stock car driver who won the Daytona 500 in 1961 and, after recovering from near-fatal burns suffered when his car Hipped at 180 mph in 1963, came back to win the Atlanta 500 and Dixie 400 last year.
SOLD: The CINCINNATI REDS, by William DeWitt—almost exactly one year after his disastrous trade of Frank Robinson to the Orioles—to a local syndicate. DeWitt, who bought the club in 1962 for a reported $4.6 million, sold out for an estimated $7 million.
NAMED: The Harness Horse of the Year by the U.S. Trotting Association, 4-year-old BRET HANOVER, the first ever to win the honor three times. Earlier ROMEO HANOVER, winner of the Triple Crown of Pacing, and KERRY WAY, winner of The Hambletonian trotting classic, were voted the nations best 3-year-old harness horses.