XFL Rumor Mill is Churning

Rumored XFL Head Coaches: Pep Hamilton (left) and Jim Haslett (right).

It has been a busy weekend! Not only did the AAF kickoff their inaugural football season, the XFL was basking in their recent victory of hiring Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops to a Head Coaching job in Dallas, and still made time to celebrate a one-year countdown until their own kickoff in 2020. However, the XFL excitement didn’t end there, as the rumor mill was churning out more Head Coach candidates.

On Saturday, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported that Pep Hamilton, who recently resigned at Michigan, is now expected to become Head Coach and General Manager of the XFL franchise in Washington, D.C.

Hamilton has plenty of football experience, with eleven seasons coaching in the NFL with the Jets, 49ers, Bears and Colts, and most recently with the 2016 Cleveland Browns.

However, the rumors did not end there.

On Sunday, radio personality Benjamin Allbright alluded to the fact Jim Haslett would likely be signed by the XFL, although he did not indicate which city he would coach for.

Haslett, a Linebacker and former Indiana University of Pennsylvania alum, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He played for the Bills, until 1985, and then continued with the New York Jets until 1987. As a coach he held the position of linebacker’s coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, and then Head Coach of the Florida Tuskers (UFL), New Orleans Saints, and St. Louis Rams.

Keep in mind, Allbright was correct when he dished that Bob Stoops would be hired as Head Coach of the Dallas franchise. We fully expect that he has the inside track on this information as well.