Cincinnati Dukes Sign Pete Pihos As Coach
Pro Football Near Cincinnati Dukes Sign Pete Pihos As Coach BY AL HEIM Executive Sports Editor Pro football for Cincinnati inched a step closer to reality yesterday with the a n n o u n c ement that Pete Pihos has accepted the Job as head coach of the Cincinnati Dukes. Pihos, an assistant coach at Tulane University last season, has been hired by a group headed by Robert Rappoport, a New York advertising executive. The group hopes to obtain a franchise in the American Football League and field a team in Cincinnati in 1962. Pihos, here yesterday for a press conference, said he has been signed to a four-year contract and also would temporarily serve as general manager of the Dukes. Asked whether pro football in Cincinnati was just "pie in the sky" talk, Pihos replied: "I wouldn't have quit my job at Tulane if it was just talk." Pihos resigned recently from his Tulane job. He said it appears the franchise will be approved by the league "perhaps within the next six weeks." Cincinnati, Chicago and PETE PIHOS Philadelphia are being considered for the two spots in the AFL's expansion program for 1962, Pihos said. The former Indiana University All-America fullback said Rappoport is being backed by several New York businessmen and that the group "is not hurting for money." He emphasized that the names of Rappoport's backers will be made public soon. They are If" A hQ r j now being withheld for business reasons, he said.. Pihos said the group in- tends to offer stock to Cin--cinnatians in order to, stimulate local interest in the team. - J 'S Tentative a r r a ngements have been made with the; Cincinnati Baseball Club for the use of Crosley Field during the grid season, said Pihos. The former Philadelphia; Eagle star says his immedi-. ate plans call for scouting colleges and lining up talent for the 1962 season. . "I expect to be on the road a lot in the next three months and am going to see as many spring football games as possible. Pihos says Rappoport and his group hope to televise all of the Cincinnati Dukes'; games. Home games, however, would be blacked out within a 60-mile radius of, Cincinnati. The Dukes have set up an office at the Cincinnati Club. Pihos said he will, move here from New Or-, leans in June. Pihos starred on the IU teams of 1943-45-46, then signed with the Eagles, where he was an All-Pro end for five times. ' '.