Jim Speros doesn't have a stadium for his would-be Canadian Football League team yet, but he's fast closing in on a nickname and a coach.
If the Virginia businessman brings a CFL team to Baltimore next season, it probably will be called -- drum roll, please -- the Colts. The coach could be Don Matthews, now with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and one of the league's most successful mentors.
"There's a good chance we'll use Baltimore Colts," Speros said yesterday. "The CFL has given me the green light to do that. I'd be allowed to use the old logo, a little horse with a helmet. If I stay away from a horseshoe, I can most likely use the name."
Speros said he preferred a fresh start, but because of local response has instructed an attorney to check the legality of using the name of the NFL team that left Baltimore in 1984. "Whoever I talk to in Baltimore, they all want Colts," he said.
Speros said Matthews, who is his first choice as coach, has a 15-day window of opportunity in his Saskatchewan contract that allows him to negotiate with other teams.
Matthews has coached in the CFL with the Roughriders, Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts, where his team won the 1991 Grey Cup, the CFL's title game.
Speros said his other coaching prospects are Mike Reilly, assistant at Southern Cal and former World League coach at San Antonio, and John Hufnagel, a former Penn State quarterback who is the offensive coordinator with the Calgary Stampeders.