Steve Spurrier gained’t be the one nicely-recognized former school head coach returning to the sideline as half of an upstart spring professional league.
A supply informed Sporting Information on Monday that Rick Neuheisel will lead a Southern California-based mostly group in the brand new Alliance of American Football set to start play in February 2019. An official announcement is predicted quickly together with the precise location of the place that membership will probably be enjoying.
Neuheisel has robust ties to the area from his quarterbacking and training days at UCLA. Neuheisel performed for the Bruins from 1980 to 1983 and nonetheless holds the varsity’s single-season completion-proportion report (sixty nine.three) set throughout his senior season. Neuheisel later returned as UCLA’s head coach, posting a 21-29 report and taking the Bruins to two bowl video games throughout his 4-yr tenure (2008-2011).
Neuheisel didn’t return an e mail in search of touch upon the Alliance job. All teaching candidates are required to signal non-disclosure agreements because the Alliance hopes to generate media buzz by making official hiring bulletins to coincide with the person unveiling of the league’s eight group websites.
Neuheisel and Spurrier have been each on the record of Alliance teaching targets reported final month by Sporting Information. Spurrier’s hiring turned official final Saturday when he was introduced as the brand new head coach for the league’s Orlando franchise.
Alliance officers hope the tabbing of head coaches with lengthy-standing ties to their respective space helps generate curiosity in the product. Spurrier was a Heisman Trophy-profitable quarterback on the College of Florida and later led the Gators to a nationwide championship throughout his 12 years as head coach.
Neuheisel and Spurrier additionally match the invoice of having professional teaching expertise that the Alliance has sought. Neuheisel was a Baltimore Ravens assistant from 2005 to 2007 and Spurrier was Washington’s head coach in 2002 and 2003.
Neuheisel, who additionally was a school head coach at Colorado (1995-1998) and Washington (1999-2002), presently works as a school soccer analyst for CBS and SiriusXM. It’s unlikely Neuheisel would have to cede both job to coach in the Alliance, which is planning a 10-recreation schedule that begins the week after Tremendous Bowl fifty three is performed.
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