FIRED: As football coach at South Carolina, RICHARD BELL, 45, following a 4-7 season. He was replaced by JOE MORRISON, 45, who coached New Mexico to a 10-1 record this year; DON FAMBROUGH, 60, as Kansas' football coach, after a 2-7-2 season in 1982.
NAMED: As football coach at Michigan State, GEORGE PERLES, 48, former defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who in July had signed on as head coach of the USFL Philadelphia Stars.
RESIGNED: Following a 4-7 season, Tulane Football Coach VINCE GIBSON, 49, who had a three-year, 17-17 record with the Green Wave; North Carolina State Football Coach MONTE KIFFIN, 42, after a 6-5 season in 1982 and a three-year 16-17 mark; WALT NADZAK, 46, Connecticut football coach, who was 5-6 this season and had a six-year record of 24-39-2.
SELECTED: By TAC, LOS ANGELES as site of the 1984 U.S. Olympic track and field trials from June 16 to 24, and Buffalo and Olympia, Wash, as sites of U.S. men's and women's Olympic marathon trials, respectively.
SIGNED: By the New York Yankees, free agent Designated Hitter DON BAYLOR, 33, formerly of the California Angels, to a four-year contract with a one-year option for a reported $800,000 to $900,000 per season plus incentives; by the Pittsburgh Pirates, free agent Utilityman GENE TENACE, 36, late of the St. Louis Cardinals, to a multiyear contract for an undisclosed sum; by Atlanta, free agent lefthanded Relief Pitcher TERRY FORSTER, 30, an erstwhile Los Angeles Dodger, to an estimated three-year, $1.5 million contract.
DIED: Former TCU football coach and National Football Hall of Fame member LEO ROBERT (Dutch) MEYER, 84, of natural causes; in Fort Worth. During his 19 seasons at TCU Meyer had a 109-79-13 record and won the mythical national championship in 1938 and Southwest Conference titles in '38, '44 and '51.