Additional potential investors came to light, including local auto dealer Jack Rector, and the situation became more muddled in several ways. Reportedly, Miami had already paid the $25,000 entry fee and Atlanta was in the process of doing the same. Meanwhile, the Oakland effort was still in its earliest stages and was already running into some problems. Ted Harrer said he wouldn’t invest in a team playing in San Francisco and Robert Lurie said he would only invest if the team were to play in Candlestick Park.
Even as various local backers were jockeying for control of the project, speculation as to who might coach the team appeared in print. One of the names mentioned was Eddie Erdelatz, the former Navy coach who had been offered the Minneapolis job back in November. Erdelatz, San Francisco-born and educated just down the road at St Mary’s College in Moraga, was a friend of Rector’s and was in town to pursue the open coaching spot at the University of California.
Speaking of which, Oakland mayor Clifford Rishell had met with school regent Glenn Seaborg and was told that the decision about the stadium was solely up to university president Clark Kerr. Kerr, out of the country, was expected to return to Berkeley on the 18th.
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