Dick Myers, assistant general manager of the Redskins, will be named general manager of the Washington entry in the new United States Football League at a press conference this morning.
Myers, 36, who has been with the Redskins since George Allen hired him in 1973, did not return repeated phone calls yesterday. Redskins General Manager Bobby Beathard said, "I'm happy for him, but he has quite a job ahead of him. It is a situation where he deserved an opportunity and he took advantage of it."
With the Redskins, Myers primarily was a detail man, overseeing changes in the team's roster and the NFL waiver lists. Last year, he also had the responsibility of directing the Redskins' training camp.
It was also learned that James Gould, a prominent figure in the league since its inception, will be named the team's president.
Gould's hiring may come as a surprise to the people of Birmingham, Ala. At a June 16 press conference, Gould was announced as the president of the USFL Birmingham Stallions. Several USFL officials said yesterday, however, that Gould has resigned from the Stallions to come to Washington.
When contacted yesterday, an official of the Stallions said that Gould was still the Birmingham president and that he was at the commissioner's office in New York for the day. Later, an offical at the commissioner's office said that Gould was en route from New York to Washington.
Berl Bernhard, owner of the Washington team, would not comment on the situation. "Let's just hold it off until tomorrow," he said. Gould was unavailable for comment.
Gould almost became president of the Washington entry in the USFL in March when it appeared that Marvin Warner, owner of Warner Consolidated Co. of Cincinnati, would own the team. When Warner, Gould's employer, decided that he would prefer to buy the Birmingham entry, he named Gould as the Birmingham president and recruited Bernhard to buy the Washington team.
Meanwhile, Bernhard's self-imposed deadline of Friday for naming a head coach draws nearer. Bernhard would not discuss the decision yesterday.
Jimmy Raye, 35, the receivers coach for the Atlanta Falcons, remains the leading candidate. Currently in Atlanta, where the Falcons' training camp opens Friday, Raye would become the first black coach in the new 12-team league.
Raye's attorney, Walter Melvin, said, "We are still waiting to hear from them. I expect to hear from them by Thursday at the latest."
Earlier this week, Raye said simply, "The ball is in their court."