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Newsflash…Bengals sign Bussey…Maulers hire Stephenson...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

'86 Chronology-Bengals Add Bussey

Event Date: August 16th, 1986

Event Description: NFL Roundup

Source: Free Lance Star


'86 Chronology-Special Kay?

Event Date: August 15th, 1986
Event Description: Maulers Hire Mentor
Source: KDKA
Kay Stephenson will be hired as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Maulers of the U.S. Football League, according to multiple reports Thursday.
The Pittsburgh Press confirmed the hiring, citing two sources. And Stephenson confirmed the news to KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh.
Stephenson coached the Buffalo Bills from 1983 to 1985. Despite his struggles as Bills coach, he was chosen over other finalists including Red Miller, Chuck Fairbanks and Jim Bates.

more to come......

Friday, April 18, 2014

'86 Chronology-Over and Out

Event Date: August 14th, 1986

Event Description: Minneapolis Drops Out

Source: Milwaukee Sentinel



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Star Player Poll


'86 Chronology-Get Carter

Event Date: August 8th, 1986

Event Description: Lions Explore Options

Source: The Argus Press



Saturday, April 12, 2014

'86 Chronology-Supplemental Signing

Event Date: August 7th, 1986

Event Description: Chargers Sign Steve Smith of the USFL

Source: Los Angeles Times

Former University of Michigan quarterback Steve Smith, who played last season for the Michigan Panthers of the U.S. Football League, has signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers, the team said Thursday.
Smith was selected by the Chargers in the National Football League supplemental draft in June of 1984. The draft was for players who had played in other professional leagues or had graduated from college with eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Smith can play quarterback, running back or wide receiver. He will be considered a rookie with the Chargers.
In 1984 with Montreal of the CFL, Smith played in 16 games and completed 19 of 45 passes for 263 yards with 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He rushed 15 times for 104 yards and caught three passes for 45 yards. He was on the roster of Ottawa of the CFL in 1985.

more to come......

'86 Chronology-Little Big Man

Event Date: August 7th, 1986

Event Description: Falcons Seek Receiver Help

Source: Tuscaloosa News




Friday, April 11, 2014

Southern Expansion Poll


'86 Chronology-Bryant Contract Breach?

Event Date: August 6th, 1986

Event Description: Bryant Files Suit

Source: The Free Lance Star




Thursday, April 10, 2014

'86 Chronology-Expansion Clamor

Event Date: August 6th, 1986

Event Description: NFL Examines Expansion

Source: Reading Eagle


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

'86 Chronology-Forever Young?

Event Date: August 5th, 1986

Event Description: Young Talks Begin

Source: Palm Beach Post




Eastern Expansion Poll


'86 Chronology-Exploring Columbus?

Event Date: August 5th, 1986

Event Description: Columbus Seeks Pro Team

Source: Daily Times


'86 Chronology-Buy or Sell?

Event Date: August 4th, 1986

Event Description: Rooney Rejects Buyout

Source: Observer Reporter


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

'86 Chronology-Plausible Deniability?

Event Date: August 2nd, 1986

Event Description: Dolphins Deny Rumors

Source: Ocala Star Banner


Monday, April 7, 2014

Texas Poll


'86 Chronology-Exodus I

Event Date: August 1st, 1986

Event Description: Eagles Sign USFL Star

Source: Gainesville Sun


'86 Chronology-USFL Calendar

Event Date: August 1st, 1986

Internal Memo: USFL Calendar

Re: Press Release



USFL Calendar

The following are dates for key USFL events scheduled from August 1st, 1986 through March 1st, 1987. 
August 1st-USFL Contracts Expire
September 1st-USFL Expansion Committee will report current status and findings to the Commissioner.
October 1st-Competitive Balance Plan put into effect for the 1987 season. 
October 2nd-All playoff participants from the previous season must submit their 24-man protected player list. Players with at least two previous pension credited seasons whom a club desires to terminate are not subject to the terms of the Equalization Draft.

October 3rd-Teams may begin signing street free agents 
October 4th— Trading period for 1987 begins at 4:00 p.m.
October 21st — 1986 Equalization Draft.

November 1st-Free agency period begins at 4:00 p.m. e.s.t.. 
November 3rd-5th-Annual Fall Owners Meeting, New York City, New York.
November 11th — Street Free Agent Combine to be held in New York, Chicago, Tampa, New Orleans, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles.
November 25th — Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become NFL or CFL Free Agents upon the expiration of their current contracts. However, a contract cannot be signed and completed with a USFL club until 4:00 p.m. e.s.t. on January 1st, 1987.
December 1st — The 1987 league year begins; clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 1987 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued years of free agency credit (USFL, NFL or CFL).
January 3rd-5th— Annual Owners Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
January 7th— 1987 USFL Territorial Draft, New York City, New York.
January 8th— 1987 USFL Collegiate Draft, New York City, New York.
January 12th— USFL Spring Coaches Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee.
January 12th-14th— USFL Rookie Symposium, Memphis, Tennessee.
January 16th— Clubs that hired a new Head Coach after the end of the 1986 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
January 19th — Clubs with returning Head Coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
January 25th— USFL training camps open in Orlando, Houston and Arizona.
February 1st — USFL Supplemental Draft (if necessary by teleconference).
February 1st— Deadline for any club to sign players under contract to a multi-year contract extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 1987 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.
February 2nd— USFL Inter-squad Scrimmages begin.
February 19th-22nd— USFL Regular Season begins (18 game season).
more to come...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Midwest Expansion Poll


'86 Chronology-Critical Move?

Event Date: July 26th, 1986

Event Description: USFL Targets Midwest

Source: Milwaukee Sentinel


'86 Chronology-Career Options?

Event Date: July 22nd, 1986

Event Description: Walker Named MVP

Source: Toledo Blade


'86 Chronology-USFL Award Winners

Event Date: July 21st, 1986

Event Description: USFL Award Winners

Source: The Sporting News


'86 Chronology-TSN All-USFL Team

Event Date: July 21st, 1986

Event Description: All-USFL Teams

Source: The Sporting News






Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Maulers Coach Poll


'86 Chronology-Black Tuesday


Event Date: July 16th, 1986
Event Description: Maulers Dump Bullough
Source: Milwaukee Sentinel
The Pittsburgh Maulers fired head coach Hank Bullough yesterday and will immediately begin to search for a replacement for him.
Team owner Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., made the move following the Maulers second straight losing season under Bullough.
The decision apparently came in a meeting earlier yesterday between DeBartolo and Maulers team president Paul Martha, who last Monday said Bullough would remain as coach.
Bullough, 52, led the team to a 8-26 record over the course of the last two seasons.
Bullough was not available for comment yesterday. His wife, Lou Ann, said that she had spoken to him and that all he had said beyond delivering the news that he had been fired was that he would be heading home to Michigan.
more to come......

Thursday, April 3, 2014

'86 Chronology-Luther Leads The Way!

Event Date: July 14th, 1986

Event Description: Breaking Bad

Source: Times Picayune

Alton Alexis posted a game-high 71 receiving yards with one touchdown on five catches as the Jacksonville Bulls blitzed the Breakers, 23-0, in the U.S.F.L. Championship Game at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Ed Luther completed 20-of-29 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Bulls (12-7), and was awarded the games’ MVP trophy.
"It was a huge win for us as a team and as a city, and it was a big opportunity for me to step up," Luther admitted. 

"Everybody was saying this was a game that we could not win, but there was a group of guys in our locker room who didn’t care what the fans and the pundits said. They all stepped up today and we beat the best team in the league on their home turf."
John Fourcade completed just 7-of-20 passes for 62 yards with three interceptions and two sacks. It was by far his worst performance of the season.
"It was a very difficult game. I was missing some throws that I normally make. I think that if I could make those throws, we could get some offense and keep the rhythm going," Fourcade said. 
"But we just couldn't get it going tonight for whatever reason. It really hurts considering the season that we have had and the momentum that we carried into this game."
Marcus Dupree was held to 86 yards on sixteen carries with one fumble and Buford Jordan was limited to 40 yards rushing for the Breakers (17-2), who had not lost since the opening week of the season.
Jacksonville opened the scoring late in the first quarter as Luther hit Gary Shirk for a 10-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 lead. Neither team would score in the second frame.
Alton Alexis's 11-yard reception boosted the Bulls to a 14-point edge at the 8:07 mark of the third stanza.
Brian Franco booted a three field goals, from 25, 48 and 40 yards, respectively, to give Jacksonville a 23-0 lead with just under two minutes left in the game.
Tony Smith led the Bulls on the ground with 68 yards on 14 carries...the Breakers finished with six turnovers and five penalties...Jacksonville linebacker Vaughn Johnson was named Defensive Player of the Game.

more to come......

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

'86 Chronology-Championship Eve

Event Date: July 13th, 1986

Event Description: State of the USFL

Source: Spokane Chronicle




Seattle or Portland Poll


'86 Chronology-Championship Preview

Event Date: July 12th, 1986

Event Description: Week #19 Preview

Source: PFW


USFL Championship Preview

Sunday

 (11-7) Jacksonville Bulls at (17-1) New Orleans Breakers (Breakers -7)
at the Superdome, New Orleans, LA


more to come...... 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

'86 Chronology-Cascade of Interest?

Event Date: July 11th, 1986

Event Description: Portland Backs USFL

Source: Eugene Register Guard




'86 Chronology-King of the Hill?

Event Date: July 11th, 1986

Event Description: Seattle Talks USFL

Source: Tacoma Times


'86 Chronology-Back in the USFL?

Event Date: July 11th, 1986

Event Description: Bucs Cut Greenwood

Source: Boca Raton News


Sunday, March 30, 2014

'86 Chronology-July Owners Meeting

Event Date: July 9th-11th, 1986

Internal Memo: USFL Owners Meeting

Re: State of the League



The owners considered and took action on the following; 
  1. Received a report on the State of League from Commissioner Simmons. Owners will peruse and report any concerns to Commissioner Simmons.
  2. Received a report regarding the financial health of the Pittsburgh Maulers, Los Angeles Express, Chicago Blitz, Houston Gamblers and Birmingham Stallions.
  3. Received a report regarding the creation of the Arena Football League and proposed American Football Federation and its impact on professional football.
  4. Rejected the implementation of a Bonus Draft for the 1987 season.  
  5. Agreed to meet with representatives of Commissioner Simmons regarding a contract extension.
  6. Approved the sale of David Dixon’s ownership stake in the New Orleans Breakers to Randy Vataha.
  7. Approved a recommendation from the Competition Committee to update the Territorial Colleges for 1987 draft and beyond.
  8. Approved a recommendation from the Expansion Committee to continue expansion talks with a number of potential ownership groups.
  9. Received an update from league attorneys regarding the  Philadelphia Stars antitrust suit against the National Football League regarding the NFL Supplemental Draft.
  10. Received an update on the current state of lease negotiations between the Philadelphia Stars and the city of Philadelphia and the Veterans Stadium lease commission.
  11. Agreed to hire Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc. to study the impact of a potential labor stoppage in the National Football League in 1987 on professional football as a whole and the U.S. Football League in particular.
  12. The owners agreed to meet again in November.

more to come......

Baltimore Poll


'86 Chronology-Courting the USFL?

Event Date: July 8th, 1986

Event Description: Charm City Seeks Franchise

Source: Observer-Reporter



Saturday, March 29, 2014

'86 Championship Game Final Poll


'86 Chronology-Setting The Stage

Event Date: July 6th, 1986
Event Description: Championship Bound!
Source: Times Picayune
Marcus Dupree rushed for 115 yards, as the New Orleans Breakers held on to defeat the Oakland Invaders, 31-24, in the Western Conference final at the Superdome.
John Fourcade completed 19-of-30 passes for 245 yards with three touchdowns and two picks, helping New Orleans advance to its first USFL championship game. 
The Breakers will face Jacksonville in next weeks’ championship game at the Superdome.
The Eastern conference champion Bulls reached the title game with a 31-3 drubbing of Tampa Bay.
Fred Besana went 19-of-38 for 222 yards and a touchdown. Dwayne Wilson rushed for 76 yards and caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown run  in the loss.
The teams headed into the the locker room tied 10-10 behind a pair of field goals by Kevin Shea and Tim Mazzetti and a pair of touchdown runs from Wilson and Buford Jordan respectively.
The Breakers then scored 14 points in the third quarter thanks to a pair of touchdown passes by Fourcade. 
Fourcade's first score came with 10:20 left in the third period and gave New Orleans a 17-10 advantage. The key play of the ten-play, 77-yard drive was a 19-yard pass from Fourcade to Herbert Harris. 
Fourcade found the end zone again just over nine minutes later when he capped a nine-play, 72-yard march to increase the advantage to 24-13.
However, the Invaders rallied for eleven points in the final frame. 
Larry Willis's three-yard touchdown reception and a successful two-point conversion with 14:36 remaining pulled Oakland within 24-21.
The Invaders then cut that deficit, tying things up via Shea's 49-yard field goal with just 5:19 left in the game.
New Orleans responded as Fourcade completed a 69-yard pass to Buford Jordan for a touchdown at the 4:14 mark which gave the Breakers a seven-point lead once again.
Oakland mounted one final drive, but that ended when a Fred Besana fourth-down pass fell incomplete, giving the win to the Breakers.
Frank Lockett caught seven passes for 76 yards in the win for New Orleans...The Invaders were held to 99 rushing yards on 33 attempts...Herbert Harris had 49 yards on four receptions...Doug Landry led the Breakers defense with seven tackles and one sack...the Breakers have opened a six-point favorite for next weeks championship game.
more to come...

'86 Chronology-Leading The Way

Event Date: July 6th, 1986
Event Description: Bulls Bury Bandits
Source: Ocala Star Review
Ed Luther threw for 287 yards with three touchdowns, as the Jacksonville Bulls kept their championship hopes alive with a resounding 31-3 triumph over the underdog Tampa Bay Bandits at the Gator Bowl.
Luther completed 22 of his 32 passes, while Alton Alexis gained 100 yards and scored two touchdowns on six receptions for the Bulls (11-7). Brian Franco converted all four conversions and one field goal attempt in the win.
Ben Bennett connected on 15-of-32 throws for 104 yards with an interception for the Bandits (8-10). 
Zenon Andrusyshyn opened the scoring with a 48-yard field goal, but the Tampa offense could not move the ball for the remainder of the ballgame.
Jacksonville built a 7-3 lead in the second quarter via a 37-yard touchdown reception by Alexis.
Another scoring play between Luther and Alexis, this time from 23-yards out, with 12:32 left in the third frame pushed Jacksonville out to a 14-3 lead.
In the final frame the advantage ballooned to 25 points after a Don Roberts touchdown nine-yard touchdown run and a Luther to Elmer Bailey 17-yard scoring strike.
Franco tacked on a final field goal late in the fourth.
Gary Shirk caught four passes for 58 yards in the win for Jacksonville...The Bandits were limited to 62 rushing yards...Marvin Harvey had 40 yards on five receptions to lead Tampa...Don Bessillieu  added an interception to the Jacksonville defensive effort.

more to come......

Thursday, March 27, 2014

'86 Chronology-Ready For Departure?

Event Date: July 3rd, 1986

Event Description: Collier Talks With Cowboys

Source: Ocala Star Banner



'86 Chronology-Week #18 Preview

Event Date: July 2nd, 1986

Event Description: Week #18 Preview

Source: PFW


USFL Playoff Preview

Sunday

      (8-9) Tampa Bay at (10-7) Jacksonville  (Bulls -9)

(13-4) Oakland at (16-1) New Orleans (Breakers -4.5)


more to come......