It has been slightly greater than a 12 months since Kevin Sumlin final took the sector as a head coach, as the previous SEC Coach of the 12 months was let go by Arizona following a blowout loss to rival Arizona State close to the top of the 2020 season. He might solely keep away for therefore lengthy. Sumlin is ready to return to the sideline quickly — simply not how you might suppose.
Sumlin was one among 4 coaches introduced to be becoming a member of the relaunched United States Soccer League (USFL) on Thursday. He was revealed as the top coach of the Houston Gamblers of the South Division on FS1’s “The Herd” precisely 100 days earlier than the league is ready to kick off.
It is a return to the Lone Star State for Sumlin, who made a reputation for himself as the top coach at Houston within the late aughts earlier than taking on at Texas A&M, the place he coached for six seasons. He compiled a 51-26 file with the Aggies, together with a 2012 marketing campaign wherein they went 11-2 and gained the Cotton Bowl behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel in this system’s first 12 months within the SEC.
Becoming a member of Sumlin within the South Division is former NFL head coach and coordinator Todd Haley, who will lead the Tampa Bay Bandits. Haley was the top coach of the Chiefs for 3 seasons, going 19-26, earlier than later changing into the offensive coordinator for the Steelers and Browns. He most lately coached at the highschool degree.
Former Nebraska coach Mike Riley can be coming aboard, as he is set to steer the New Jersey Generals into battle. Riley coached for greater than a decade at Oregon State earlier than leaping to Nebraska, the place he logged a 19-19 file earlier than being fired after the 2017 season. He has expertise teaching spring soccer, with each the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Soccer (AAF) and the Seattle Dragons of the XFL.
The fourth introduced coach was worldwide teaching veteran Bart Andrus, who takes over the Philadelphia Stars. The previous head coach of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, Andrus’ newest cease was on the College of Ottawa in 2021.
Cole Cubelic and Greg McElroy of WJOX 94.5 in Birmingham reported three of the 4 names earlier within the day and in addition reported that former Auburn nationwide champion coach Gene Chizik will coach the Birmingham Stallions. McElroy acknowledged that Chizik’s contract has not but been finalized, however “barring one thing surprising, will probably be finalized quickly.”
The USFL is ready to start on April 16, with the eight complete groups taking part in a 10-game schedule.