NAMED: The Most Valuable Player in the National League, JOE MORGAN of Cincinnati, for the second consecutive year. Second Baseman Morgan batted .320, had 111 RBIs, 27 homers and 60 stolen bases.
RESIGNED: BILL BATTLE, 34, as football coach at Tennessee. The Vols were 59-22-2 in Battle's seven years but only 6-5 this season. Also leaving coaching jobs were PAUL KEMP, 43, who had a 16-24-1 record in four seasons at Boston University; BOB BLACK-MAN, 58, 29-36-1 in six years at Illinois; DON READ, 41, 9-24 at the University of Oregon; ALEX AGASE, 54, 18-25-1 at Purdue; and TOM LOVAT, 37. 5-28 for three seasons at the University of Utah.
SIGNED: As a result of baseball's free-agent draft, former Baltimore Outfielder REGGIE JACKSON, by the N.Y. Yankees; former Baltimore Second Baseman BOBBY GRICH, by California; former Oakland Relief Pitcher ROLLIE FINGERS, by San Diego; former Minnesota Infielder ERIC SODERHOLM, by the Chicago White Sox.