Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and business partner Dany Garcia are ramping up for the re-re-launch of the XFL. The Rock purchased the league from Vince McMahon after it shut down mid-season during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Details have been scarce up to this point, but today, fans finally got some news.
Johnson and Garcia appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” to discuss the culture and innovation they plan to bring to the new league. It won’t be an easy task. Another spring league, the USFL, kicks off this weekend with a very generous television deal.
Among the things discussed were the league’s head coaches. There are still no cities, team names, or players in the XFL, but the duo did announce who would be leading those teams eventually. There was one returning coach on the list from the 2020 version, Bob Stoops.
Two former Pittsburgh Steelers greats also landed their first pro head coaching gigs with the XFL. Hines Ward and Rod Woodson will lead two of the XFL squads. Stoops, Jim Haslett, Wade Phillips, Terrell Buckley, Reggie Barlow, and Anthony Beck make up the rest of the list.
Other than the names, we now officially know that the 2023 version of the XFL will feature eight teams. There is plenty of NFL head coaching experience among the ranks of the new signees. The league has also partnered closely with the NFL and will serve as a sort of de facto minor league.
Time will tell if the third time is a charm for the XFL. The Rock has some serious money and talent behind the league. The emergence of the USFL will be telling about how Johnson’s endeavor might go. There may not be enough room for two spring pro football leagues.
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