CFL group makes play for Accorsi

January 07, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer

The CFL team attempting to gain entry to Baltimore not only wants to revive the Colts name, but also wants to tap into the resources of some of old Colts personnel.

Ernie Accorsi, the last general manager the Colts had before sneaking off to Indianapolis in March 1984, has been asked to become a consultant to a prospective CFL team in Baltimore. He said he has not accepted the offer.

"I haven't agreed to anything," Accorsi said from Florida, where he has been vacationing.

"They asked me to consider helping them in an advisory role, but it's not a position with the team. I'd give advice to help set up the operation."

Accorsi, 51, is under consideration for general manager openings with the Phoenix Cardinals and the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars.

He most recently worked as an adviser to the Maryland Stadium Authority in its bid to bring an NFL expansion team to Baltimore. He joined the effort in April 1993, and his contract expired Dec. 31.

Before that, Accorsi worked for the Cleveland Browns as vice president for football operations from 1985 to 1992. He worked for the Colts from 1977 to 1984, when he resigned as general manager before the team left for Indianapolis.

Accorsi also was the assistant president of the AFC in NFL headquarters from 1975 to 1976.

James L. Speros, a native of Potomac, Md., and a Virginia businessman, heads a group trying to bring a CFL expansion team to Memorial Stadium for the 1994 season, which starts in July.

Speros, 34, is the lead investor in the group and will serve as team president, setting the budget and negotiating contracts. He will not have a general manager, but will turn over all football responsibilities to his head coach.

That coach is expected to be Don Matthews, a head coach in the CFL for nine years. Matthews resigned his job with the Saskatchewan Roughriders a week ago to explore other career options, he said.

Included in Speros' group of investors is former Colts running back Tom Matte.

Speros is awaiting a lease agreement to play at the stadium. The CFL board of governors has approved his expansion application, pending an agreement with the city.

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