HIRED: As football coach by Georgia Tech, BILL CURRY, 37, offensive line coach of the Green Bay Packers since 1977, replacing Pepper Rodgers, who was fired.
MISSING: In the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Charles, Va., ROBERT E. (Bo) REIN, 34, newly appointed football coach at Louisiana State University, whose small plane mysteriously crashed in the Atlantic on a flight that was supposed to take him from Shreveport, La. to Baton Rouge. Rein and Pilot Lewis Benscotter are both presumed to be dead. Rein was a halfback at Ohio State (1964-66) and coached North Carolina State to a 27-18-1 record in his four seasons as head coach (1976-79). JERRY STOVALL, 38, assistant to the LSU athletic director, was chosen as Rein's successor.
NAMED: By the Professional Football Writers of America as the NFL's Most Valuable Player for an unprecedented second straight year. Houston Oiler Running Back EARL CAMPBELL, who led the league with 1,697 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns.
The LPGA Player of the Year for the second straight time, NANCY LOPEZ, 22, who earned $215,987 in 22 official and unofficial events and won nine tournaments.
By the AIAW as the outstanding women's college athlete of 1979, NANCY LIEBERMAN, 21, a guard on the Old Dominion University basketball team.
PLEADED GUILTY: In U.S. District Court in Little Rock, Ark., former Jockey ANTONIO AGILAR of Jackson, Ark., to one count of conspiracy arising from charges of race-fixing at Pocono Downs in 1974. Agilar has had his case transferred from Harrisburg, Pa.
DIED: TIM WILLIAMSON, 23, 1979 Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's Western circuit, of massive chest injuries suffered in a crash during the Stock Products 300 at Riverside International Raceway.