FIRED: As football coach: at Boston College, JACK BICKNELL. 56, who guided the Eagles to a 4-7 record this year and to a 59-55-1 mark and four bowl appearances during his 10 seasons; and at Vanderbilt, WATSON BROWN, 40, under whom the Commodores were 10-45 over the past five years. Colorado offensive coordinator GERRY DINARDO, 38, has been named to succeed Brown.
MODIFIED: A July 1990 decision by the NCAA to ban the defending national champion University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball team from playing in the '91 NCAA tournament. In exchange for being allowed to appear in the tournament next spring, the Runnin' Rebels accepted new penalties that will bar them from playing on live television in the '91-92 season or participating in the '92 NCAAs. The original ban stemmed from recruiting and other violations that were committed in the 1970s, which were the subject of litigation until 1990 (page 46).
NAMED: As football coach at LSU, CURLEY HALLMAN, 43, replacing MIKE ARCHER, 37, who announced his resignation on Nov. 24. Hallman was succeeded in his old post at Southern Mississippi by JEFF BOWER, 37, formerly the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
RESIGNED: As football coach at Purdue, FRED AKERS, 52, who guided the Boilermakers to a 2-9 record this year and to a 12-31-1 record during his four seasons; and as football coach at Mississippi State, ROCKEY FELKER. 37, who led the Bulldogs to a 5-6 record this season and a 21-34 mark in his five seasons with them.
RETIRED: Because of leg injuries sustained over the past three years, three-time Olympian TAMARA McKINNEY, 28. McKinney, a slalom and giant slalom specialist and a member of the U.S. ski team for 13 years, had 18 World Cup victories, the most ever by a U.S. skier.