Utah State -- Named Chuck Shelton of Drake as football coach. Drake will not field a football team next season and Shelton said as many as 11 players and two assistants may move to Utah State with him.

Cincinnati -- Extended contract of football Coach Dave Curry through 1991 season. BASEBALL

Pittsburgh Pirates -- Signed former Houston Astros and Montreal Expos manager Bill Virdon as hitting and outfield coach.

Milwaukee Brewers -- Said veteran 1B Cecil Cooper, who batted .293 in 1985, second best on the team, and led the Brewers with 16 home runs and 99 RBI, underwent successful elbow surgery at Centinella Hospital in Inglewood, Calif. BASKETBALL

Boston Celtics -- Said G Dennis Johnson has a hyperextended left thumb, not a wrist fracture as feared, and that he may return after Saturday's game in Cleveland; said G Danny Ainge, eligible for free agency at the end of this season, has signed a new multiyear contract. HOCKEY

Detroit Red Wings -- Announced Gerard Gallant, the team's co-leading scorer, will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a broken jaw in Wednesday's game against the Minnesota North Stars. Also placed on the team's injured list were C Kelly Kisio, leg contusion, and RW Joe Kocur, sprained thumb, also hurt in the 10-2 defeat. FOOTBALL

New Orleans Saints -- Put LB Scott Pelluer on injured reserve. BOXING

John F.X. Condon, longtime president of Madison Square Garden's boxing division, has resigned from the position, but will remain with the Garden.