FIRED: By the Chicago Bears, Coach NEILL ARMSTRONG, 55, who had a four-year record of 30-34. The Bears were 6-10 in 1981.
NAMED: As football coach at the University of South Carolina, RICHARD BELL, 44, who has been the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Gamecocks since 1975.
As football coach of the U.S. Naval Academy, GARY TRANQUILL, 41, who had been an assistant at West Virginia the last three seasons.
As coach of the Los Angeles Kings, DON PERRY, 51, who had been coach of the Kings' farm team in New Haven, Conn. He replaces Parker MacDonald, 48, who will become assistant general manager of the Kings. The Kings were 13-24-5 this season under MacDonald.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For one year by the NCAA, the University of Wisconsin football program—for recruiting violations. The probation includes a reprimand but does not affect the Badgers' eligibility for postseason games or TV appearances.
TRADED: By the Cleveland Indians, Shortstop TOM VERYZER, 28, to the New York Mets, for Relief Pitcher RAY SEARAGE, 26.
DIED: Former power-hitting Outfielder WALLY POST, 52, who played 15 years in the majors (1949, 1951-64), most of them for the Cincinnati Reds; of cancer; in St. Henry, Ohio. Post had his best season in 1955 when he batted .309, hit 40 home runs and drove in 109 runs.
WILLIAM (Gorilla) JONES, 75, world middleweight boxing champion in 1931 and 1932, and for 40 years Mae West's bodyguard; of a lingering illness; in Los Angeles.