TRACK—Two world indoor records were set at the Muhammad Ali Invitational in Long Beach. HOUSTON McTEAR won the 60-meters in 6.38, and EVELYN ASHFORD won the women's 60 in 7.04 (page 103).
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By Arizona State, FRED MILLER, the athletic director who dismissed Football Coach Frank Kush on Oct. 13.
By the University of Florida as basketball coach, JOHN LOTZ, 44, after guiding the Gators to a 4-7 start this season. Ed Visscher was named acting coach.
NAMED: As head football coach by Northern Illinois. BILL MALLORY, 44, former coach (1974-78) of the University of Colorado, who had a 35-21-1 record.
HIRED: As coach of the CFL Toronto Argonauts, WILLIE WOOD, 43, former Packer defensive back. He is the first black coach of a major pro football team.
DIED: FRANK WYKOFF, 70, a sprinter who won gold medals as a member of the U.S. 400-meter relay teams in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics; of emphysema; in Pasadena, Calif.
Middleweight Boxer TONY THOMAS, 20, of a blood clot on the brain suffered during a Dec. 22 fight in Spartanburg, S.C.