Vince McMahon surprised people when he announced he was going to revive his failed football league, the XFL. But since announcing the return of the league over a year ago, there hasn’t been much news about it—until recently.
Earlier this month, the XFL announced who that Bob Stoops will be the head coach and general manager of the Dallas franchise. Now, it appears that the team has a second head coach in place—Pep Hamilton.
Hamilton is going to be the head coach and general manager of the XFL’s Washington D.C. franchise.
“I’m excited to join the XFL and lead the team in Washington, a city with which I have a lifelong attachment…. We plan to put together a terrific, hard-working staff, and a great football team for fans in and around our nation’s capital.”
Like Stoops, Hamilton made a name for himself in the college ranks after as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Stanford. But unlike Stoops, he has a significant amount of experience at the professional level.
After leaving Stanford following the 2012 season, he took the offensive coordinator job with the Indianapolis Colts where he was reunited with his former college quarterback, Andrew Luck. The Colts let him go late in the 2015 season. He was not out of work for long, though. The Cleveland Browns hired him on in January to be the new quarterbacks coach and associate head coach.
Following the 2016 season, he returned to the college ranks as the assistant head coach and passing game coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines. While he signed a four-year deal when he joined the team in 2017, he walked away in early February of this year. At the time, it was rumored that he was going to be a head coach in the XFL.
While he does have a lot of experience as a coach at the collegiate and professional level, this will be his first job as head coach.
The XFL is expected to kick off in 2020 and will face some immediate competition from the Alliance of American Football which started playing this year. But the AAF has already been beset with financial issues to the extent the league needed to add an investor last week.
The Orlando franchise will soon be forced to practice in Georgia due to issues with the workers’ comp laws in Florida
Head coaches for the remaining six franchises are expected to be named by the end of March.