Holly Springs man makes pitch for USFL team
Posted July 16, 2012
Holly Springs, N.C. — The Raleigh City Council will hear from a Holly Springs man Tuesday who wants to bring minor league professional football to the Triangle.
Harold Tuner applied to address the council on the benefits a team would bring to the area.
Turner would like to see the "Carolina Bison" join the United States Football League (USFL), which begins play in March 2013. The league plans eight teams to start, but it has yet to identify cities or teams.
Turner and his partners are looking for investors to help defray the estimated $6 million in start-up costs. "It’s vital to our campaign efforts that we have the Raleigh City Council on board," he said.
His team would recruit football players good enough to make training camp for the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers who don't make the regular-season roster. He's had conversations with leaders at North Carolina State University about holding games at Carter-Finley Stadium.
His Facebook page includes an image of a red and yellow bison that appears to be his idea of a team mascot. Turner said the idea stems from his Kickapoo Indian heritage.