For the second installment of the XFL, they are showing just how serious they are in staying around for more than one season.
The Dallas XFL franchise is expected to name former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops as the team's first coach, and in addition to his on-field duties, the Youngstown, Ohio, native will also serve as the team's general manager, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
"I've missed it, obviously", he said. I was aware that it was going to be hard. "Enjoy the competition and working with the guys again".
The original XFL was disbanded following its inaugural season in 2001. Its teams will be stocked with National Football League has-beens and college cast-offs, players Stoops may be fairly familiar with, given the extensive scouting and recruitment he did during his time in Oklahoma.
Stoops won't see the sideline until early 2020, but he's likely to play a significant role in the development of his team and the league as a whole well before then.
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"Initially, I was like I don't think that would be something that I would want to do".
Stoops, 58, retired in June 2017 after 18 years at the helm at Oklahoma. It will be different at the professional level with your work day.
The XFL is trying to make a big difference this time around. "So I'm excited about the opportunity".
Stoops credited XFL CEO and commissioner Oliver Luck for convincing him to return to coaching and take a chance in the reborn league. "Bob's achievements at Oklahoma are legendary, and he's the flawless person to lead our team in Dallas".