In February 2020, Houston will get a second professional football team as the yet-to-be-named XFL team will begin play in TDECU Stadium over on the University of Houston's campus. That's been known for quite some time. What's been unknown has been who will be named to coach and run the on-field product, but that mystery was solved on Monday morning.As first reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the XFL has named June Jones as the head coach of the Houston franchise:Jones fits the profile of many of the other XFL heat coaching hires — strong experience with tangible geographical ties to the city in which his team plays. Jones spent several years in the earlier part of his career as an assistant coach in Houston, first as the wide receivers coach for the USFL's Houston Gamblers and then as the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Oilers. At each stop, he worked with future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Jim Kelly and Warren Moon, respectively. Jones' career as a head coach … [Read more...] about June Jones Named Head Coach of Houston’s XFL Team
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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Thursday night. Round one. Pick 22 on the clock. Baltimore up, then Houston at 23, Oakland at 24, Philadelphia at 25. Two more picks for the Raiders to sweat out before they choose a player at 24 they’d targeted right here for the last three months. “There’s been a trade,” someone in the Raiders’ draft room calls out. “Philadelphia’s got 22 now. Eagles on the clock.” NOOOOO! The rookie GM running his first draft, Mike Mayock, froze. “I’m like, ‘Sh–!’ Moment of panic. THE EAGLES JUMPED US FOR OUR GUY.” The coach, Jon Gruden, who’d irascibly told Mayock he’d better not screw up the Raiders’ three-pick first round, jumped out of his chair, seething. “There goes our running back,” Gruden said. Coach and GM knew the Eagles loved the same player they did, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, and now, moving up from 25 in trade, the Eagles would be in position … [Read more...] about FMIA: 2019 Draft Scenes—Agony In Jersey, Making [Stuff] Up In Arizona and High Drama In The Raiders Room
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Sports | Another Pro Football League Is Born. Will It Outdo the (Short-Lived) Others? Supported by ByVictor Mather Feb. 5, 2019 The most recent, less than Super Bowl notwithstanding, the N.F.L. continues to be a behemoth, dominating the sports landscape in revenue, attendance and television ratings. That popularity has over the years tempted entrepreneurs to try to cash in by starting professional football leagues of their own. The latest effort is the Alliance of American Football, which plays its first games on Saturday. There have been plenty of pretenders to the N.F.L.’s crown over the years. None have succeeded, but all had their share of novelty. World Football League, 1974-75 Season July to December Weird rules A touchdown was worth seven points; teams could then go for a conversion from scrimmage for … [Read more...] about Another Pro Football League Is Born. Will It Outdo the (Short-Lived) Others?