According to a story in the Boston Globe yesterday, Donald Trump, who purchased the New Jersey Generals of the U.S. Football League last week, will soon dispatch Chuck Fairbanks as head coach and team president and make a $1 million-a-year offer to Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula.
Shula's contract with the Dolphins runs out Feb. 28. He apparently wanted to make a new deal with Miami owner Joe Robbie before the season, but Robbie was caught up in negotiating new contracts for several key players.
The Globe story said that, out of respect for Robbie, no other NFL team is likely to make a bid for Shula's services while he still has time left on his contract, while Trump could care less about Robbie and the NFL.
However, Shula's NFL roots go deep--at present, he is a member of the competition committee, which governs the rules of the game--and it would take a great deal of persuading--and money--for him to make the move to the new league . . .
Rookie running back Chuck McSwain will be out for the season, Dallas Cowboys officials announced. The Clemson graduate underwent surgery to reattach a tendon on the ring finger of his right hand. Meanwhile, Cowboys wide receiver Tony Hill will not play against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, but running back Tony Dorsett would start . . .
Bob Ledbetter, the New York Giants' offensive backfield coach, was hospitalized after suffering a blocked artery in his neck late Friday night, a team spokesman said. Ledbetter, 49, was in intensive care at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Smithtown, N.Y.