Houston’s New Pro Football Team Hires Head Coach

The XFL is scheduled to start play after the end of the next NFL season.

NFL coaching veteran June Jones is the the new head coach for Houston’s XFL franchise.


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Houston's XFL franchise has hired football coaching veteran June Jones as its new head coach.

Jones, a former professional football player himself, has coached at the high school, college and professional level since 1983. He was the head coach for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and quarterbacks coach for the Houston Oilers in the 1990s, among many others.

His last coaching job was in the Canadian Football League.

The XFL is a new pro football league that will have its first season next year after the NFL's Super Bowl.

The league, which owns all eight of its teams, was created by Vince McMahon, the owner of wrestling company WWE. It's meant to be a faster, more affordable alternative – or complement – to the NFL.

"We think it's critical to be able to take a family of four to a game for $100, all in, and not get fleeced for parking or what else," XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck said at an event announcing the new head coach.

The league previously launched back in 2001 but survived for only one season.

Luck said they have learned lessons from that experience.

"We are laser-like focused on the quality of the game, hiring good coaches, having time to prepare," he said. "All those things that, quite honestly, they didn't do in 2001."

Houston's coach, who is also the team's general manager, will help recruit players this summer.

Team names and colors will be announced next month, Luck said.

Houston's team will play its home games at the University of Houston's TDECU Stadium.

The XFL games will be aired weekly on FOX sports, ESPN and ABC beginning in February.

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