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Four USFL Head Coaches Announced

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The first four head coaches in the United States Football League were announced today and the names were of the familiar variety, even half of them having prior NFL experience in the same post. The reincarnation of the mid-1980s spring league will kickoff this April and its ownership by FOX Sports will be a main component on the longevity factor.

TODD HALEY – TAMPA BAY BANDITS

Haley was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-2011) and had an overall 19-26 mark when fired after 13 games in his final campaign. All told, Haley spent 22 years in the NFL, starting as a scouting assistant in 1995 with the New York Jets and culminating as the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2018.

MIKE RILEY – NEW JERSEY GENERALS

Beginning his coaching career way back in 1975 at the University of California as a graduate assistant, Riley has been on the sidelines on the staff or as a head coach not only at the collegiate ranks, but also in the Canadian Football League, the World League of American Football, Alliance of American Football, XFL and NFL. His experience as the field boss of the San Diego Chargers was not a memorable one, and his three-year tenure was blighted with a 1-15 record in 2000, sandwiched by 8-8 and 5-11.

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KEVIN SUMLIN – HOUSTON GAMBLERS

Being named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2012 while at Texas A&M was the highlight of a very successful college career for Sumlin, with an overall 95-63 record. He also was the head coach at Houston and Arizona and was honored as the Conference USA Coach of the Year on two occasions (2009 and 2011).

BART ANDRUS – PHILADELPHIA STARS

Having head coached in NFL Europe, CFL and United Football League, Andrus made his way around the industry and also had three stints in the NFL. He was an offensive assistant for the then-Tennessee Oilers from 1997-98, then promoted to quarterbacks coach the following season when the team was renamed the Titans. He returned to Tennessee in 2008 as an offensive assistant after the stint in Europe. Andrus was with the St. Louis Rams in 2013 as an offensive assistant and also was part of The Spring League (2018-19).

 

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