NAMED: As head football coach at Tennessee, JOHNNY MAJORS, 41, at present the coach of No. 1-ranked Pittsburgh. Majors, whose record at Pitt is 32-13-1, will remain at his present post for the Panthers' Sugar Bowl meeting with Georgia. F. A. DRY, 45, as head football coach at Texas Christian University. Dry, who replaces Jim Shofner, most recently coached at Tulsa, where his record was 31-16-1. Also named to new jobs were GARY MOELLER, 35, an assistant at Michigan, who becomes head coach at Illinois; CHARLEY PELL, 36, who replaces Red Parker as head coach at Clemson; and JIM YOUNG at Purdue, succeeding Alex Agase.
NAMED: As co-Rookies-of-the-Year in the National League, PAT ZACHRY of Cincinnati and BUTCH METZGER of San Diego, both pitchers. Zachry was 14-7 with a 2.74 ERA as a starter for the Reds; Metzger was 11-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 77 relief appearances for the Padres. In the American League another pitcher, MARK FIDRYCH of Detroit, was the league's top rookie. Fidrych was 19-9 for the Tigers with a 2.34 ERA, best among the AL's starters.
RESIGNED: DARRELL ROYAL, 52, as head football coach at Texas; and FRANK BROYLES, 51, as football coach at Arkansas after the Razorbacks were defeated by Texas 29-12. Both men will retain their jobs as athletic directors. Royal had a 167-47-5 record and three national championships in 20 seasons at Texas. Broyles led the Razorbacks to a 144-58-5 record and 10 bowl appearances in his 19 years at Arkansas. CARL SELMER, whose University of Miami team was 3-8 this season and 2-8 in 1975, was fired.
SENTENCED: To serve one year in the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, R.I., MARVIN BARNES of the Detroit Pistons. Barnes, who was placed on three years probation in 1974 for assaulting a former Providence College teammate with a tire iron, violated probation by carrying a concealed weapon. A gun was discovered in his luggage at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Oct. 9.
DIED: DANNY MURTAUGH, 59, former manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates; of a stroke; in Chester, Pa. Murtaugh was hired to manage the Pirates four different times, and during his 15 years with the club Pittsburgh won two World Series. As a second baseman for the Phillies, Braves and Pirates (1941-51), he had a career batting average of .254.
DIED: GEORGE EARNSHAW, 76, a 20-game winner for three successive years for the Philadelphia Athletics; in Little Rock, Ark. The righthander's best season was in 1929 (24-8) and he had a 4-3 record and a 1.58 ERA in World Series play.