PanhandlingTwo weeks ago, the Sacramento Gold Miners dealt...


June 11, 1994|By Ken Murray


Two weeks ago, the Sacramento Gold Miners dealt running back Mike Pringle to the CFL Colts for future considerations in a curious trade. Curious because Pringle accounted for 1,438 all-purpose yards last season and helped the Sacramento Surge to the World League title in 1992.

When Pringle showed up with the Colts veterans at camp yesterday, he still was perplexed about the deal. "I don't want to be mad at Kay, but I am," he said of Miners coach Kay Stephenson, who triggered the trade.

Pringle, who lives in Mission Hills, Calif., insisted there was no personality clash. He admitted he had asked for a salary increase. "I don't think I was the only one," he said.

Last year, Pringle caught 56 passes, averaged 6.1 yards per rush and 20.3 yards in kickoff returns. Here, he'll compete with Sheldon Canley for the starting job. Said coach Don Matthews: "We'll put him in the mix and see how he competes. He's in a very competitive spot."

Pringle arrived with another ex-Gold Miner, receiver Joe Howard-Johnson, also acquired for future considerations. "Their experience only adds to our being a better team," said Jim Popp, director of player personnel.

Loading up

The defense carried the day with the arrival of 10 veterans, eight on the defensive side. In one-on-one blocking drills, the quickness of rush end O. J. Brigance and nose tackle Jearld Baylis overwhelmed their opponents. It was a major accomplishment when center Diego London stopped Baylis on one snap.

"They are everything we expected them to be," Matthews said of his defensive stalwarts. "Everything pick up a notch today."

Also checking in were cornerback Karl Anthony, halfbacks Charles Anthony, Enis Jackson and Ken Watson, linebacker Ken Benson and rush end Lorenza Baker.

Ten in, 10 out

The Colts held at 69 players in camp by waiving 10: receivers Andrew Hill and David Keaton, tackle Jeff Sniffen, defensive backs Carlton Buckles, Paul Davis and James Harbison, defensive tackles Randy Hart and Aaron Tallman, rush end Greg Patrick and punter Jackie Smith.

Corporate plan

In an effort to entice more corporate participation in the season-ticket plan, Colts owner Jim Speros said he will offer to reimburse those companies if the relocation of an NFL team here is announced in 1994. "That's how convinced I am we're not getting an NFL team," he said. "We have over 30 sponsors, but a lot of others have been hesitant because of this fantasy NFL thing."

Speros also said that any individual who has not received his ticket invoice should call the ticket office at (410) 554-1040.

At the stadium

The team will hold auditions for national anthem singers and public address announcers today at 10 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. Tag Day runs from noon to 3 p.m.


O. J. Brigance

Pos: Rush end

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 220

College: Rice

Year: 4th

Outlook: Became one of the CFL's premier pass rushers with 20 sacks a year ago for the B.C. Lions. Moving from linebacker to rush end, he's expected to make a major impact on the Colts defense.

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