RESIGNED: After seven seasons as football coach at USC, JOHN ROBINSON, 47, who compiled a 67-14-2 record with three Rose Bowl appearances and one unofficial national title, to become a university vice-president. He will be replaced by current Trojan Offensive Coordinator TED TOLLNER, 42.
DIED: Two-time All-America Michigan Quarterback BENNY FRIEDMAN, 77, who also played professionally with four teams; of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; in New York.
1940 National League MVP FRANK McCORMICK, 71, of cancer; in New York. A 13-year major league veteran with a .299 lifetime batting average, McCormick, a first baseman, hit .309, with 19 home runs and 127 RBIs to lead the '40 Reds to the world championship.
Former Houston Colt .45s and Astro owner ROY HOFHEINZ, 70, of a heart attack; in Houston. An influential figure in his city's political and sports communities for nearly 50 years, Hofheinz headed the Houston Sports Association, which organized the construction of the Houston Astrodome in 1962, and controlled its operation until it was sold in 1976. Hofheinz brought big league baseball to Houston in 1962 and was principal owner of the Colt .45s-Astros until 1975.
College Basketball Referee and Parks and Recreation Director for the city of Meridian, Miss. JERRY YARBROUGH, 41, of a heart attack suffered during the first half of a Mid-South Classic game between Tulane and Wyoming; in Memphis.
Landaluce, 2, of an undetermined respiratory virus; at Santa Anita. The filly, who early in the week was scratched from Sunday's $518,850 Hollywood Starlet when she developed the virus, won five of five starts, had career earnings of $372,365 and was the top candidate for 2-year-old filly of the year.