As coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, SAM WYCHE, 38, who guided Indiana University to a 3-8 record in 1983. He replaced FORREST GREGG, 50, who had resigned with a four-year mark of 34-27, including a 7-9 record in 1983, to become coach of the Green Bay Packers. Gregg succeeds BART STARR, 50, who was fired after nine years. The Pack was 52-76-3 under Starr and 8-8 in '83.
As football coach at Memphis State, REY DEMPSEY, 47, who guided Southern Illinois to the 1983 Division I-AA crown.
RESIGNED: As interim coach of the Houston Oilers, CHUCK STUDLEY, 54, who was 2-8 with the team after taking over on Oct. 11. Studley was then hired as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.
SENTENCED: By a federal judge in Kansas City to the maximum sentence of one year in prison, all but 90 days of which was suspended, and a $5,000 fine, 1971 American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner VIDA BLUE, 34, on a misdemeanor charge for possession of cocaine.
TRADED: By the Kansas City Royals, first baseman WILLIE AIKENS, 29, to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder-designated hitter JORGE ORTA, 33. Aikens is under a one-year suspension by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for having been convicted of attempting to buy cocaine. That suspension will be reviewed on May 15. Aikens will be allowed to work out with Toronto upon his release from federal prison, which he was scheduled to enter on Jan. 3 to begin serving a three-month sentence.
DIED: JIMMY DEMARET, 73, as well known for his flashy wardrobe and sunny personality as for his three Masters victories, in 1940, '47 and '50, and 31 PGA Tour wins; of a heart attack; at Houston's Champions Golf Club, which he and Jack Burke Jr. founded in 1957. Demaret was one of the first Tour players to banter with the gallery during a round, and he also introduced pastel clothing to the tour. "If you're going to be in the limelight," he once said, "you might as well dress for it."