Doug Flutie, exhausted by contract negotiations and New York fanfare, arrived at the New Jersey Generals' training camp in Orlando, Fla., last night and got straight to the business of learning his new offense.
Flutie, direct from Trump Tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, where he heralded his signing for a reported $7.5 million (nondeferred) over the next five years, crept up the back stairway of the team hotel near the University of Central Florida. He appeared again only once, to attend a nightly meeting of Generals quarterbacks.
Flutie will have his first full practice this morning, taking turns with the other three quarterbacks in camp, starter Brian Sipe and backups Gene Bradley and Ron Reeves.
Coach Walt Michaels said the Generals, who have already completed two-a-days, would not alter their practice routine in an attempt to catch Flutie up, although the Heisman Trophy winner has missed more than two weeks of camp.
"It wouldn't be fair," Michaels said. "We'll catch him up like we did in the old all-star game days. It will be casual, but with as much detail as possible. Everybody is different. I'm not going to rush him. You just keep your fingers crossed and hope he learns."
Michaels would not say whom he favors between Flutie and Sipe, effective last season after being lured away from the NFL's Cleveland Browns. "We're going to do like the old farmers and let the cream rise to the top," Michaels said.
At the New York news conference, Flutie said he was worth every cent Donald Trump and the Generals are paying him.
"I didn't just take the money," Flutie said. "I evaluated the situation and I would rather be in New Jersey than Buffalo. I would rather be in New Jersey than Cleveland." And obviously, have millions in pocket rather than wait to find out which NFL team -- Bills, Browns or whoever -- would draft him and how much they would pay him.
"You ask Boston College if I were worth $5 million or whatever," Flutie said. "You ask Boston College and they would say, 'Yes.' " . . .
Arizona State Coach Darryl Rogers returned from a California recruiting trip and angrily denied published reports he is in line to coach the NFL Detroit Lions. "I am not a candidate," he said. "I have not had any discussions . . . I don't think I've been in Detroit since I left Michigan State" (1980) . . .
A group of Louisiana legislators refused to go along with Gov. Edwin Edwards' plan that the state should put up $25 million to assure the New Orleans Saints stay in the Superdome for 30 years. House Speaker John Alario of New Orleans said Edwards plans to meet again with representatives of Saints owner John Mecom Jr. and the potential buyer, the A.N. Pritzker family of Chicago, to try to work out a better deal for the state. Edwards announced the sale agreement Friday, contingent on state aid.
Said state Sen. Ben Bagert: "I think there comes a time when you have to say 'no' to this kind of extortion by billionaire interests."