George Allen's son said yesterday that his father's recent weekend visit with Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown was social, and not a business meeting to discuss the possibility of coaching the University of Kentucky football team.
The elder Allen, 59-year-old former coach of the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams, reportedly had been approached about replacing Kentucky's coach, Fran Curci. He was not available to comment yesterday and the family directed all inquiries to his oldest son, George, a 29-year-old Charlottesville, Va., attorney.
"I don't think my father's talked with the university president," said Allen, who handles all his father's business dealings. "Anything like this would only be in preliminary stages, anyway. His visit to the governor's home was only a stopover on his way back (to his Palso Verdes, Calif., home) from East Coast Business. When a governor invites you in, you don't turn him down, do you?"
Allen and Brown have been friends for two years, according to Allen's son. The former coach also has "a love for the state of Kentucky," and has attended the Kentucky Derby since 1972.
Allen coached the Redskins from 1971 through 1977, then he was fired and replaced by Jack Pardee. For the last two seasons he has worked as a color analyst for NFL telecasts on the CBS network, and has negotiated for another season.
"If something came up, it wouldn't be that much of a problem to break the contract," said the younger Allen. "It would be mendable."
Meanwhile, University of Kentucky President Otis Singletary issued a statement Friday that said the school is not looking for another football coach, and that the procedure for selecting a coach rests with the school's 22-member Athletics Board. Singletary is the chairman of that Board.
"The governor has indicated on several occasions his personal dissatisfaction with the football program," Singletary said in his statement. "He has a right to make known his personal feelings on this matter . . . (but) it is important to make clear that the university is not a party to the discussion with anyone about the head football coach's position."