Return of the XFL includes coaches, players with Louisiana ties

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Nick Brossette
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The Super Bowl drew the curtain on the NFL season. Are you ready for some more football? Prepare yourself for the XFL.

The return of a league comprised of eight teams will have a 10-game schedule. The four-team playoffs conclude with a championship game April 26th to be aired on ESPN. There will be 25 games shown on FOX or ABC, including a pair of Thursday night affairs.

The idea was conceived by Vince McMahon, famous for his WWE entertainment through pro wrestling. Oliver Luck is the league commissioner and the average player salary sits at $55,000.

If you feel like you have not quite quenched your thirst for football yet, you can keep your eyes out for players with Louisiana ties on each XFL team.

The Dallas Renegades have Hal Mumme, the former Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana head coach, as offensive coordinator.

WR Jazz Ferguson played at LSU, Northwestern State and with the Seahawks in the NFL.
DE Hau’oli Kikaha is a former Saints second round draft choice in 2015.
OG Josh Allen is a product of ULM who has spent five years in the NFL.
OT Pace Murphy played at Northwestern State and briefly for the Rams.

The DC Defenders have former Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo as the run game coordinator and tight ends coach.
WR Malachi Dupre, former John Curtis and LSU star, spent three seasons in NFL.
CB Bradley Sylve is a product of South Plaquemine and the University of Alabama.
RB Nick Brossette, a Baton Rouge native and LSU’s leading rusher in 2018, was briefly with the Detroit Lions.
DE Sam Montgomery out of LSU spent four years in NFL and three in the CFL.

The Houston Roughnecks under head coach June Jones have Randy Mueller (formerly with the Saints) as director of player personnel.
WR Ryheem Malone is a ULL product.
OT Toby Weathersby started at LSU and played with the Eagles.

The Los Angeles Wildcats have Lafayette native Jerry Fontenot as their offensive line coach. He spent 16 years in NFL including seven with the Saints. East Jefferson alum Otis Smith coaches defensive backs.
CB Harlan Miller out of SLU spent three seasons in the NFL with the Cardinals and Redskins.
RB Martez Carter, a Grambling product, spent time with the Saints and Redskins.
DT Anthony “Freak” Johnson went to O.P. Walker and LSU before five NFL seasons. He holds the state record with 67.5 career sacks in high school.

The New York Guardians have no coaches with local ties.
WR Joe Horn, Jr. is the son of Saints Hall of Famer Joe Horn.
CB Terrence Alexander out of John Curtis and Stanford spent a grad transfer year at LSU.
OG Garrett Brumfield is a Baton Rouge and LSU product.

The St. Louis Battlehawks have no coaches with local ties.
RB Lenard Tillery- Southern, NFL with Titans and Rams
CB Trey Caldwell- ULM ( 4.34 forty) Browns, Titans

The Seattle Dragons are led by head coach Jim Zorn.
OC Dillon Day prepped at West Monroe before his time at Mississippi State. He spent time in the NFL with the Broncos, Packers, Niners and Colts.
TE Colin Jeter is a rangy 6-foot-7 LSU product.

Tampa Bay Vipers have Jerry Glanville as defensive coordinator and former LSU head coach Mike Archer as linebackers coach. Pete Mangurian, a former LSU assistant and NFL coach, is offensive line coach.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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