The Alliance of American Football may soon have some big football coaches on the sidelines.
Organizers of the upstart football league are reportedly looking for highly recognizable head coaches to oversee the eight teams in the organization. Sporting News on Monday released a list of potential candidates that includes former NFL and college coaches, including college football legend Steve Spurrier and former 49ers coach Mike Singletary.
Spurrier, who turns 73 in April, retired from coaching three years ago with the South Carolina Gamecocks. Singletary, the 59-year-old Hall of Fame linebacker and former 49ers head coach, has been out of the NFL since working as a defensive assistant with the Rams in 2016.
Other potential candidates reportedly include Rick Neuheisel, Jeff Fisher, Rob Ryan, Mike Martz, Pepper Johnson and former Giants head coach Jim Fassel.
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Coaching names have yet to be confirmed because head coaches are working under a non-disclosure agreement, Sporting News reports. If the agreement was violated, the coach would be penalized financially.
The league is also hoping to keep the names under wraps until the cities where teams will be located are announced next month.
The Alliance of American Football, founded by film producer Charlie Ebersol and former NFL executive Bill Polian, was announced last Tuesday. Aside from targeting major coaches, Ebersol has recruited former players like Jared Allen, ex-Giant Justin Tuck, Troy Polamalu and J.K. McKay to take on leadership roles with the league.
“I wanted to build a team of people who were significantly more accomplished and smarter than I was and let them build what they thought the future of the sport was going to be,” Ebersol said.
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The Alliance has a multi-year deal with CBS and the season is expected to consist of 10 games with playoffs and a championship game.
The league is expected to launch on Feb. 8, 2019.