Some of the rumored buyers of the team include New York Yankee boss George Steinbrenner; entrepreneur Vincent Naimoli, who, along with Chris Sullivan, the Outback Steakhouse CEO, is heading a group trying to bring major league baseball to Tampa; trucking magnate Mark Bostick; pencil magnate Gina Pala of Orlando; and John Labatt of Labatt's brewery, the company that owns the Toronto Blue Jays. Whoever buys the club won't have to go far to find a coach. The state of Florida boasts three top candidates: Jimmy Johnson, Miami coach Dennis Erickson and University of Florida's head man, Steve Spurrier.
"This job could be very appealing to a coach who wants to run his own show," says one NFC general manager. "With a strong visionary at coach, somebody who knows football and personnel, this franchise could be a gold mine."