As football coach at Tulane, WALLY ENGLISH, 45, whose teams were 7-15 over two seasons.
NAMED: As football coach at Louisville, HOWARD SCHNELLENBERGER, 50, who led Miami to the 1983 national championship and a five-season record of 41-16. Schnellenberger left Miami in May to become coach, beginning in the 1985 season, of a USFL franchise then based in Washington but scheduled to move to Miami. Schnellenberger wound up jobless when a reorganization of the USFL resulted in the club not shifting to Miami.
SIGNED: By the Chicago Cubs, to a reported three-year, $2.35-million contract, free-agent pitcher DENNIS ECKERSLEY, 30, who had a 10-8 record for the Cubs last season after being traded to them by the Boston Red Sox on May 25 (page 28).
DIED: Two-time All-America running back RICKY BELL, 29, who rushed for 3,689 yards and 28 touchdowns during his three seasons (1974-76) at USC and later played in the NFL for Tampa Bay ('77-82) and San Diego ('82-83); of a cardiac arrest stemming from dermatomyositis and polymyositis, diseases which affect skin, muscles and connective tissues; in Inglewood, Calif. As a USC junior, he led the nation in rushing with 1,875 yards, and as a senior he finished second behind Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Del Williams, 39, a former offensive guard at Florida State (1964-66) and with the New Orleans Saints ('67-73); of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease; in New Orleans.