Back in 2020 there was one team to beat in the XFL, the Houston Roughnecks. Led by June Jones the team was undefeated when the season was cut short due to COVID. Ultimately, COVID not only shut down the season, but the league as well. Temporarily at least.
The XFL was purchased out of bankruptcy by Dany Garcia, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and RedBird Capital for roughly $5M in August of 2020. Under the new ownership group, they’re targeting a February 18th, 2023 return. Starting last year in November, the team really started ramping up their efforts. Releasing a couple set of executive hires, beginning the scouting process, revealing the return timeline and even promising news early in 2022.
In fact, co owner Dwayne Johnson join Eli & Peyton Manning for Monday Night Football where he spoke in detail about his role in the new XFL. He once again promised news around team names/cities and broadcast partners would be announced in 2-3 weeks.
Wil the league now making strides towards a comeback, fans have been holding out hope to see some of the coaches come back to the XFL. The big one that everyone wants to see return is June Jones.
In the past Jones has stated that he’s open to coming back to lead the Houston Roughnecks, so it seems that it’s just a matter of the XFL reaching out.
In the meantime, it looks like Jones is interested in the vacant coaching role at University of Hawai’i.
‘It’s a unique situation that I’ve done one time and I know I can do it again’ – Former University of Hawai’i head football coach June Jones says he is ‘interested’ in current vacancy following Todd Graham’s resignation last week. #GoBows#HawaiiFBpic.twitter.com/WYrC5CD8g3
June Jones spoke with KHON 2 to discuss the role, where he blatantly states “It’s a unique situation that I’ve done one time and I know I can do it again”.
Jones joined the UH in 1999, replacing Fred von Appen, who was fired when the team lost 18 games in a row, including all twelve games in the 1998 season. Jones led the Warriors to a 9–4 record and a share of the Western Athletic Conference football championship in the 1999 season, making it the most dramatic turnaround in NCAA football history.
In his tenure at UH, he became the most winningest coach in school history. He also coached five All-Americans, 52 all-conference performers, and 16 NFL Draft picks.
Although we’d love to see June Jones back in the XFL in 2023, we can’t fault him for wanting to fix a franchise he had a hand in molding.
We’ll keep you posted as more information comes out on the return of the XFL.
What coaches would you like to see return to the XFL in 2023? Let us know down in the comments below or join the conversation on Discord.