The XFL is back in 2023, its third iteration after attempting to launch a spring football league two more times. The first came in 2001, and there was also a Attempt cut short by COVID-19 in 2020. Before the league, which is run by an ownership group led by league co-owners Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia, could start, however, its eight teams first had to have logos and team names.
We got ’em now, like the XFL released franchise names and brands Monday is the next step as the league prepares for its February kickoff, which will air on the ESPN family of networks. And after? Assigning 16 quarterbacks to his franchises (two per team) on Nov. 15, followed by the draft, which takes place Nov. 16-17 at the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
Here are the eight team names and logos, plus stadium information and head coaches for each franchise:
Stadium: Choctaw Stadium
Coach: Bob Stoops
Stoops is known for his success at the University of Oklahoma, where he coached from 1999 to 2016. He brought a struggling Sooners program back to national prominence, winning a championship in 2000 and leading Oklahoma to 10 Big 12 titles in 18 seasons. Stoops compiled a 191-48 record with the Sooners, making him the winningest coach in Oklahoma history. He also coached the Dallas Renegades of the XFL in 2020, leading them to a 2-3 mark.
Stadium: Audi field
Coach: Reggie Barlow
Barlow, who played eight seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville JaguarsOakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a receiver and kick returner, coached 13 seasons for HBCU teams before joining the XFL. Barlow coached eight seasons at his alma mater, Alabama State, from 2007 to 2014 before coaching another five seasons at Division II Virginia State from 2016 to 2021. He is 83-58 as a title coach. of conference.
Stadium: TDECU stage
Coach: Wade Phillips
Phillips has coached professional football since 1976, serving as a defensive assistant coach for 10 NFL franchises, most recently as a Los Angeles Rams‘ coordinator from 2017 to 2019. Phillips also served as an NFL head coach, compiling an 83-69 record over nine seasons (including the playoffs) with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Tickets and Dallas Cowboys.
Stadium: Camping World Stadium
Coach: Terrell Buckley
After spending 14 seasons as a cornerback in the NFL from 1992 to 2005 for seven teams, including the Super Bowl XXXVI champion New England Patriots in 2001, Buckley worked as a college coach for 15 seasons after retiring as a player. He was an assistant at the collegiate level from 2007 to 2021, most recently as Ole Miss cornerbacks coach from 2020 to 2021. The Florida State product has had 50 career interceptions in the NFL.
Saint Anthony Brahmas
Coach: Neighborhood Hines
Ward joins the Brahmas as coach and general manager after an illustrious 14-year playing career for the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which he made four Pro Bowls and was Super Bowl XL Most Valuable Player. Ward ended his playing career with 1,000 receptions for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns. He has four seasons of coaching experience, most recently as wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic in 2021.
Seattle Sea Dragons
Stadium: Light field
Coach: Jim Haslet
In addition to playing eight seasons in the NFL as a linebacker for the Bills and New York Jets and coach the New Orleans Saints for six seasons from 2000 to 2005, Haslett has experience in spin-off football leagues, as he led the United Football League’s Florida Tuskers to a 6-0 record in 2009. Haslett has nearly three decades of coaching experience in the NFL as a head coach, defensive coordinator and linebacker coach.
St. Louis Battle Hawks
Stadium: The Dome at the Center of America
Coach: Antoine Becht
Becht was a first-round pick by the Jets in 2000 and spent 11 seasons in the NFL as a tight end for the Jets, Buccaneers, Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs. Becht, who had 188 career receptions for 1,537 yards and 21 touchdowns as a player, served as the Alliance of American Football’s San Diego Fleet tight ends coach in 2019.
Stadium: To be determined
Coach: Rod Woodson
Woodson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 after a 17-year career with the Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Raiders, which saw him set an NFL record with 12 interception returns for touchdowns and finish third in league history with 71 interceptions. Woodson, who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000, spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Raiders from 2015 to 2017.