COLLEGES

Georgia Tech -- Named former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Andy Christoff defensive backfield coach.

Nebraska -- Women's basketball coach Kelly Hill said she will resign and pursue another job.

Florida -- Red-shirt freshman WR Kenneth McLaughlin suspended indefinitely from football team, junior MG Greg Burden has left school. FOOTBALL

Canadian Football League -- QB Tom Burgess of Colgate signed with Ottawa Rough Riders.

Chicago Bears -- K Kevin Butler, who set NFL record for rookies with 144 points last season, won team's Brian Piccolo award, given annually to a rookie.

Houston Oilers -- Named Steve Watterson strength/rehabilitation coach. HORSE RACING

Meadowlands (N.J.) -- Suspended harness racing after contract negotiations between management and owners broke down; racing will not resume until the dispute is resolved. BASEBALL

American League -- Jerry Neudecker, AL umpire for 22 years, has accepted job as assistant supervisor of umpires.

Players Relations Committee -- Named general counsel Barry Rona executive director. BASKETBALL

Philadelphia 76ers -- F Charles Barkley will miss at least one game with lower back strain suffered Wednesday against Atlanta. HOCKEY

NHL Stanley Cup -- Playoffs will begin April 9, with 16 teams in best-of-five division semifinal series. Adams and Patrick division finals will be played on alternate nights beginning April 17. Norris and Smythe series will be played every second day beginning April 18. The Wales Conference championship will begin May 1 and the Campbell Conference championship May 2. The championship series is to start May 16.

Buffalo Sabres -- LW Lindy Ruff will be out rest of season after breaking shoulder Wednesday against Hartford. TELEVISION

ESPN -- Hired former major leaguers Joe Morgan and Jay Johnstone as analysts for 1986 college baseball coverage.