Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo
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HOUSTON– It has yet to be seen if, in fact, the second time around for the XFL will be the leagues finest hour. If they have learned anything from the rise and fall of the AAF this past season then they at least have a better sense of direction hopefully. From the initial look of things, it appears that Vince and his board have a better grasp on the financial dos and don’ts when it comes to another start-up league.
The XFL re-launch is set for 2020 but today they announced the eight and final coach to complete the leagues 8 franchise. The ole run and shoot are coming to the Houston with June Jones being named the head coach and general manager of XFL Houston for re-launch season in February 2020. Jones leaves his head coaching gig with the CFLs Hamilton Tiger-Cats take on his new role back in the states.
The 66-year-old veteran coach is no stranger to coaching at all ranks in the football world from the college circuit at Hawaii and SMU to being an offensive innovator developing players during his time coaching the Falcons and Chargers. Jones is no stranger to the Lonestar state especially with regards to Houston. In fact, you can say Jones is returning to the old neighborhood. Jones found great success while he served as the WRs coach for USFL Houston Gamblers and when the Oilers still existed as their QBs coach.
Can Jones pick up where he left off? He definitely returns to Houston in a new era of football but it will be interesting to see him coach in the XFL you can be sure that offense will be something to watch out for with Jones calling the shots. Could there also be a reunion of Manziel and Jones once more if Johnny Football finds himself looking to head to the XFL?
Jones joins the roster of XFL coaches along with Pep Hamilton for Washington, Winston Moss for LA, Bob Stoops for Dallas, Kevin Gilbride for NY, Jonathan Hayes for St. Louis, Jim Zorn for Seatle and Marc Trestman for Tampa Bay.
I really hope that the XFL gets it right this time around because it would be nice for the football world to have a successful spring league that is finally built to last. Whether it turns into a feeder to the NFL I think at this point the focus needs to be on sustainability
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Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo is a Senior Editor and writer for Main Event Sports. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist, NFL Network content writer, and Brown University, graduate. She loves good cigars, good games and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ Misskyus2011