- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2004

The return to old values might not begin with an old venue. Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday that he might keep training camp at Redskin Park.

“I’m extremely comfortable if we want to stay here,” he said.

However, officials in Carlisle, Pa., met yesterday to discuss whether the city would try to lure the Redskins back to Dickinson College, where the team held training camp from 1981 to 1992 in Gibbs’ first tenure with the club.

Redskins sources said that the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg also is a possibility but that the decision firmly belongs to Gibbs.

Gibbs seemed partial to following the precedent set last year by predecessor Steve Spurrier, who decided to keep the team at its Ashburn facility year-round.

The Redskins also trained in Carlisle in 2001 and 2002. The Redskins did not break a deal when they left Dickinson, so their return would be welcome and would draw thousands of fans to the town during the summer college break.

“I would automatically say yes,” said Michele Hornich, president of the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce. “There are a lot of people who loved the Redskins and didn’t want them to leave in the first place. The long discussion and sentiment is, we would like them to come back.”

Dickinson vice president Nick Stamos said internal discussions won’t begin until Monday. He was not certain whether Dickinson could accommodate the team given that it already plays host to summer camps.

“We haven’t thought about [the Redskins] in two years,” he said.

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