Texas football royalty named coach of new XFL team in Houston


A familiar face to Texas and Texans football fans has returned to Bayou City. Longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips – son of legendary Houston Oilers coach Bum Philips – will lead the new XFL team in Houston, the league has announced.

The restarted XFL season kicks off its new season on February 18, 2023, with the yet-to-be-named Houston team calling the field TDECU Stadium (the UH Cougars turf).

XFL President and Owner Dany Garcia and famed superstar owner Dwayne Johnson announced the launch date and location at an XFL Townhall event at Texas Live! in Arlington, Texas. Other teams in the eight-team XFL league are Arlington; San Antonio; Orlando Florida; Vegas; St. Louis, Missouri; and Washington, D.C.

Notable names in football such as Hall of Fame and Super Bowl defensive back Rod Woodson (Las Vegas), Super Ball champion wide receiver Hines Ward (San Antonio) and longtime college coach Bob Stoops ( Arlington) will lead the new teams. Phillips has been a longtime presence in Texas high school and college football. He is a highly respected defensive coach in the NFL who had a stint with the Houston Texans.

Season tickets are available now; matches will be broadcast on ESPN.

“I am thrilled to reveal the cities our players will have the chance to represent and compete in,” Johnson said in a statement. “This is another huge moment for the XFL, and I’m ready to feel the electricity that our dedicated fans will bring to these iconic venues. There’s a lot of energy in our league and there’s still a lot to do… and I can promise it will be worth the wait.

“We’ve been working on fresh new logos and uniforms – even working with some of the team names you already know – that will match the dynamic and innovative vision of our league. We see you, we hear you and your enthusiasm fuels to keep bringing you the best. We have just under seven months until kick-off and the countdown has officially begun,” added Johnson.

Promising “world-class” and global football, with “innovative” rules and a “360” and “fan-first” experience, the rebooted XFL is owned by Garcia, Johnson and Gerry Cardinale of RedBird Capital Partners. Bringing the Hollywood superpower and credentials, Johnson was credited with delivering buzz, flash and big names to the new league.

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