Jimmy Raye moved south from his Fayetteville, N.C., home to Atlanta yesterday to prepare for his third season as receivers coach of the Falcons.
His thoughts, however, remain in Washington.
Raye, 35, still the leading candidate to become head coach of the Washington entry in the new United States Football League, seemed slightly impatient about the situation when contacted yesterday.
He said, "The Falcons camp opens Friday. The Falcons have been lenient with me so far about this, but they wanted to know my decision last Wednesday. I must get my mind into one season or another."
Raye's attorney, Walter Melvin, said, "Basically, the only thing that is slowing this down is the final decision by the Washington group."
Berl Bernhard, the owner of Washington's USFL franchise, was noncommittal about the naming of his coach and general manager.
"No decisions. No offers. No comments yet," Bernhard said yesterday.
But Bernhard said he remains committed to keeping to his self-created deadline of Friday as the announcement day. "We are moving closer to the decisions. I hope to stick to my Friday deadline."
In another development, as reported Thursday by The Washington Post, representatives of the team reached agreement with the D.C. Armory/Starplex to play 10 games per season in RFK Stadium, through 1990. The USFL season is scheduled to run from March through June, with the playoffs in July.
Robert Sigholtz, general manager of the D.C. Armory/Starplex, said, "The contract is just about the same as the Redskins'. If there are any differences, they are minimal. The contract will run out in seven years, just like the Redskins'."
Sigholtz added, "Now, all we have to do is let our attorneys go over the contract just to dot the i's and cross the t's."