The USFL lives—at least for the time being—in Baltimore. On Sunday, 10 months before the kickoff of the league's fourth season, 23 of the defending champion Stars, as well as a handful of free agents, turned out for a minicamp at Memorial Stadium. The two-hour session, billed as the first professional football in the city since the Colts sneaked out of town (last season the Stars played 30 miles south of Baltimore at Maryland's Byrd Stadium), was as much a season-ticket sales promotion as it was a checkup on the players' off-season work habits.
The Stars are the first USFL team to hold a minicamp this off-season. But coach Jim Mora doesn't believe his team is jumping the gun. "The time is going by pretty quickly," he says. "Each of our assistants is out scouting two college games a weekend. We're also going to pro games. And we've spent time breaking down last season's films. Come January, it'll be like a normal off-season. Things will slowly get hectic."