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EXPRESS NAMES HAL MUMME AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Air Raid Innovator Brings 41 Years of Coaching Experience to Memphis Memphis, Tenn. – November 9, 2018 – One of the founders of the air raid offense, Hal Mumme joins The Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express in the capacity of offensive coordinator, Mumme will serve as an offensive coordinator for the fourth time in his career (UTEP from 1982-85, SMU in 2013 and Jackson State in 2018). “Hal Mumme brings many positives to our team and offense,” said Mike Singletary, head coach, The Memphis Express. “First and foremost it’s his creativity. I know it’s called the air raid system, but I want to use his imagination to get into the endzone and bring balance to the offense. I know the physicality that I want to have on our team. I want to bring muscle to the passing game.” “Our system is fast-paced and designed to make the defense cover the entire field,” said Hal Mumme, offensive coordinator, The Memphis Express. “We incorporated a lot of concepts from former coaches Lavell Edwards, Bill Walsh, June Jones and Mouse Davis’ systems for roughly six years while putting together ours throughout the years. I’m excited, honored and humbled to join the Memphis Express as the offensive coordinator under Mike Singletary. I’ll be working with great people and all my friends in Memphis.” “Memphis Express GM Will Lewis and Coach Singletary have done a great job gathering talent,” said Mumme. “Particularly based on what I’ve seen from the receivers, our training camp is going to be extremely competitive.” Hal Mumme, Offensive Coordinator Mumme pioneered the air raid alongside Mike Leach at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1991. The concept propelled Mumme from Iowa Wesleyan to Valdosta State and on to Kentucky, where in 1996 he took over for Bill Curry. In the hands of sophomore quarterback Tim Couch, the air raid helped Kentucky set multiple school, SEC, and NCAA offensive records. Couch finished the following season as a Heisman finalist and became the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Mumme went on to act as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State, McMurry, and Belhaven. Most recently, he served as the offensive coordinator at Jackson State. Mumme was born in San Antonio, and played collegiately at New Mexico Military Institute and Tarleton State. His first college coaching break came under Bill Yung at West Texas State, where Mumme served as a quarterbacks and receivers coach from 1980-81, before moving on with Yung to UTEP. Mumme has two daughters and a son, Matt, currently the offensive coordinator at Nevada.

32 PLAYERS SIGN NEW CONTRACTS WITH THE ALLIANCE

The Alliance Signed 32 Additional Players to Contracts for the 2019 Inaugural Season Beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS   SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – November 9, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has signed the following 32 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season bringing the league total to 661 players signed: Team Last First Pos College ARIZONA Johnson Steven LB Kansas ARIZONA Moore Rahim DB UCLA ATLANTA Howard Bug WR North Carolina ATLANTA Motuapuaka Andrew LB Virginia Tech ATLANTA Simmons Antonio DE Georgia Tech BIRMINGHAM Brown Leon G Alabama BIRMINGHAM Etta-Tawo Amba WR Maryland BIRMINGHAM Faulk Jeremy DL Garden City CC BIRMINGHAM Fry Elliott K South Carolina BIRMINGHAM Saxton Wes TE South Alabama BIRMINGHAM Schleuger Chris G Alabama-Birmingham MEMPHIS East Andrew LS Vanderbilt MEMPHIS Stribling Channing DB Michigan ORLANDO Eatmon Quinterrius T South Florida ORLANDO Myers Mark DB Southeastern (FL) SALT LAKE Anderson Dres WR Utah SALT LAKE Jennings Adonis WR Temple SALT LAKE Robertson Korey WR Southern Mississippi SAN ANTONIO Ayers Demarcus WR Houston SAN ANTONIO Porter Mo T Baylor SAN ANTONIO Williams Jaboree LB Wake Forest SAN ANTONIO Wren Erick C Oklahoma SAN DIEGO Barrett Alex DT San Diego State SAN DIEGO Fleer Austin T Colorado-Mesa SAN DIEGO Kolone Jeremiah T San Jose State SAN DIEGO Lewis Kyle WR Cal Poly SAN DIEGO Lotuleli John LB Nevada-Las Vegas SAN DIEGO Okeke Tobenna LB Fresno State SAN DIEGO Owusu Francis WR Stanford SAN DIEGO Pericak Will G Colorado   *ALL QUARTERBACKS WHO HAVE SIGNED WITH THE ALLIANCE HAVE RECEIVED ROSTER EXEMPTIONS AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A QUARTERBACK DRAFT WHICH WILL OCCUR ON NOVEMBER 27, 2018 IN LAS VEGAS. Last First Pos College *Tolzien Scott QB Wisconsin *Hackenberg Christian QB Penn State   THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS’ RIGHTS HAVE BEEN WAIVED BY THEIR ALLIANCE TEAM AND HAVE BECOME FREE AGENTS ELIGIBLE TO SIGN WITH ANY TEAM Last First Pos College Waived By Eugene Dwayne LB Arkansas MEMPHIS Tucker D’Maujeric RB E. New Mexico State MEMPHIS Bell Wilson G Florida State ORLANDO Durant Davon LB Marshall ORLANDO Johnson Drico DB Central Florida ORLANDO Smith Tyler LB South Carolina State ORLANDO

APOLLOS EXPAND COACHING STAFF

Spurrier Adds Familiar Faces to Coaching Staff ORLANDO, Fla. – November 8, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football’s Orlando Apollos announced today the addition of seven coaches who will join head coach Steve Spurrier’s staff for the 2019 inaugural season beginning February 9. The Apollos have added Jim Jeffcoat (defensive line), Todd Washington (special teams / running backs), Jim Collins (linebackers), Jimmy Ray Stephens (offensive line), Willie Jackson (wide receivers), David Reaves (running backs / quarterbacks) and Donnie Abraham (defensive backs) to the team’s coaching staff in the new professional football league. “I am excited to bring an outstanding group of coaches in to lead this football team, many I have had the pleasure of working with in the past,” said Spurrier. “They bring championship experience from all levels of the game and we look forward to bringing a championship team to Orlando.” Jim Jeffcoat, Defensive Line A 14-year NFL veteran and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys, Jeffcoat joins The Apollos after serving as defensive line coach at the University of Colorado since 2013. Jeffcoat played collegiately at Arizona State University and was a first round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 1983. In the NFL, Jeffcoat played for the Cowboys (1983-94) and Buffalo Bills (1995-97) and ranks in the top 30 in sacks all-time with 102.5 in his career. He began his coaching career in Dallas, coaching the defensive line from 1998-2004. Jeffcoat coached the defensive line at the University of Houston from 2008-10 and moved to San Jose State University as defensive line coach from 2011-12 before joining the staff at Colorado. Todd Washington, Special Teams / Running Backs Washington brings a winning pedigree as both a player and coach to The Apollos’ sideline. After earning first-team All-Big East honors as a senior playing on the offensive line at Virginia Tech, Washington was drafted in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Washington played eight seasons in the NFL as a member of the Buccaneers and Houston Texans and was a member of the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl XXXVIII Championship team. His coaching career began as the offensive line coach at the University of San Diego in 2007. Washington transitioned to the professional ranks in 2010, coaching the offensive line for the Hartford Colonials of the UFL for one season before being hired to the Baltimore Ravens as assistant offensive line coach from 2011-17. When the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII, Washington became the 13th person to win a Super Bowl as both a player and coach in NFL history. Jim Collins, Linebackers Collins will add another face from Coach Spurrier’s 1996 National Championship University of Florida coaching staff to The Apollos sideline. Most recently, Collins served as the Director of Football Relations & Special Assistant to the Head Coach at Duke University, a position he took in 2016 following his third coaching stint with the Blue Devils defense from 2008-15. His coaching career began at Page High School in Greensboro, N.C. in 1974. Collins transitioned to the collegiate level in 1980, spending time coaching at Lees-McRae Junior College […]

THE ALLIANCE TO HOST ‘PROTECT OR PICK’ QB DRAFT ON CBS SPORTS

Inaugural QB Draft Scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:00pm ET SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 31, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football will hold a “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft, live from the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor on November 27, 2018. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first-of-its-kind draft for The Alliance at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT. Former Super Bowl champion and head of football development for The Alliance, Hines Ward, will host the draft. “From combines held over the summer, to our upcoming quarterback camp in San Antonio, our experienced group of GM’s and scouts from each team continue to be impressed with the level of talent on display and available to them,” said Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football, The Alliance. “Our regional allocation system and the ‘Protect or Pick’ draft format were designed to strike a competitive balance across the league and fuel local market interest. The quarterback position is critical to a team’s success, so we knew the importance of making sure each Alliance team had a top-tier quarterback at the helm. We’re confident this group represents the best available players in the market. They are looking forward to the opportunity to begin, extend or revitalize their professional careers, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help them succeed on and off the field.” The “Protect or Pick” draft format begins with each team deciding if they want to protect one quarterback that has been allocated to them from their region. If a team elects to protect, they name the player they are protecting as their first selection in the draft. If they decide to pick, they wait until every other team has made their decision. Once each team makes their decision, the teams that elected to not protect a player make their selection, in the order of the draft, from the remaining pool of all available quarterbacks regardless of region. All selected quarterbacks must be under contract to The Alliance at the time of the draft. The Alliance quarterback draft will be comprised of four rounds. The San Diego Fleet have the first pick in the draft, followed by the Birmingham Iron, Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, Atlanta Legends, Salt Lake Stallions, Memphis Express and San Antonio Commanders. “We look forward to working closely with CBS Sports Network to tell the stories behind this amazing group of talented, determined and motivated quarterbacks — live from Las Vegas,” said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder and CEO, The Alliance. “Our unique ‘Protect or Pick’ format adds intrigue to our first-ever live broadcast while ensuring we stay true to our guiding principles of putting high quality football on the field and creating strong, authentic connections with our local market fans by keeping hometown favorites, home.” Quarterbacks are allocated based on where they competed in college. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance footprint, he is allocated based on his last NFL/CFL team. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance allocation footprint and he did not play in the NFL or CFL, then he is unallocated. The Alliance […]

THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL SURPASSES 600 PLAYERS SIGNED

The Alliance Signed 34 Additional Players to Contracts for the 2019 Inaugural Season Beginning February 9, 2019 on CBS SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – October 26, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football has signed the following 37 players to contracts for the 2019 inaugural season bringing the league total to 629 players signed: Team Last First Position College ARIZONA Bunche Malcolm T UCLA ARIZONA Langford Ryan LB New Mexico ARIZONA Lucien Devin WR Arizona State ARIZONA Murphy Pace G Northwestern State ARIZONA Symmank Taylor P Texas Tech ARIZONA Yates Rykeem DE Nevada-Reno ATLANTA #Folston Tarean RB Notre Dame ATLANTA Garrett Keyarris WR Tulsa ATLANTA Griffin Corey DB Georgia Tech ATLANTA Holba Colin LS Louisville ATLANTA Jones J.T. DE Miami (OH) ATLANTA Marvin David P Wofford BIRMINGHAM Dickson Xzavier LP Alabama BIRMINGHAM Greene Brandon T Alabama BIRMINGHAM Taylor Devin DE South Carolina ORLANDO Ferris Drew LS Florida ORLANDO Horton Justin LB Jacksonville ORLANDO Price Sean TE South Florida ORLANDO Northrup Reggie LB Florida State ORLANDO #Orndoff Scott TE Pittsburgh ORLANDO Bracy-Williams Marvin WR Florida State SAN ANTONIO Clear Cameron TE Texas A&M SAN ANTONIO Daly Scott LS Notre Dame SAN ANTONIO Mays Boomer LB Northern Illinois SAN ANTONIO Noil Speedy WR Texas A&M SAN ANTONIO Teuhema Maea SE Louisiana SAN ANTONIO Jones-Smith Jaryd T Pittsburgh SAN DIEGO Baugh Marcus TE Ohio State SAN DIEGO Green Darrell G San Diego State SAN DIEGO Irwin-Hill Sam P Arkansas SAN DIEGO James Kendall DB Maine SAN DIEGO Kelly Kameron DB San Diego State SAN DIEGO Montelus John T Notre Dame *ALL QUARTERBACKS WHO HAVE SIGNED WITH THE ALLIANCE HAVE RECEIVED ROSTER EXEMPTIONS AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A QUARTERBACK DRAFT WHICH WILL OCCUR LATER THIS YEAR. Last First Position College *Holman Justin QB Central Florida *Nelson Phillip QB East Carolina *Woodrum Josh QB Liberty

Spurrier brings exciting style to Orlando

By Joel Poiley Small wonder Steve Spurrier was named the first coach in the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) in March of 2018. With a championship coaching and playing pedigree that includes seven SEC championships (six at University of Florida and one at South Carolina) a national title at Florida in 1996 and winning the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Florida in 1966, “The Head Ball Coach” brings his high octane passing offense to Orlando for its inaugural AAF season. Spurrier, 73, said he was attracted to the AAF for several reasons.   “I really liked the new rules; two-and-a-half hour games, 30 seconds between plays, and I really need a challenge,” Spurrier said. “We are thankful to represent Orlando and surrounding cities with a professional football team. I am thrilled to be a part of a team, to have the opportunity to compete and to strive to bring a championship to Orlando. “Coaching in The Alliance will be extremely fair for all coaches and cities. The structure created by [CEO and Co-Founder] Charlie Ebersol and [Co-Founder] Bill Polian should level the playing field with very talented football players disbursed to each team.” Born in Miami Beach, Spurrier grew up in Tennessee where he was a multi-sport star at Science Hill High School in Johnson City. More success followed at UF, where he started at quarterback for three seasons and was a consensus All-American in 1965 and 1966. Drafted in the first round (third overall) of the 1967 NFL draft, Spurrier played nine years for the San Francisco 49ers as a quarterback and punter. He concluded his 10-year pro career as the first quarterback for the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976. After retiring as a player, Spurrier began developing his passing schemes as an offensive assistant at Florida, quarterbacks’ coach at Georgia Tech, and in 1980 he became offensive coordinator for Duke University. Coaching against the powers of the Atlantic Coast Conference, it was at Duke where Spurrier developed much of his pass-based offense that broke several school and conference records during his three seasons as an assistant. His first position as a head coach came with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the fledgling United States Football league (USFL) in 1983. That made him the youngest head coach in professional football at age 37. Spurrier’s “Bandit Ball” offense (named after minority owner Burt Reynolds’ hit Smokey and the Bandit movies) resonated with fans and produced a 35-19 record before the league folded after the 1985 season.     Spurrier returned to Duke as their head coach in 1987, where his “Fast Break” offense broke many of the records set during his tenure as offensive coordinator. His 1989 team won the program’s first conference championship since 1962 and most recent to date. He returned to coach his alma mater in 1990, and his wide-open offense (re-nicknamed the “Fun ‘n’ Gun”) continued to produce, with his Gator teams setting numerous school and conference records. Spurrier became the first Heisman winner to coach a Heisman Trophy winner when Danny Wuerffel won the coveted award in 1996. Spurrier left Florida after the […]

Vick chases title as Legends’ offensive coordinator

By Joel Poiley Michael Vick always respected the mentors and coaches who helped him throughout his college and professional football career. They left such an impression, that as Vick’s impressive 13-year career wound down, he realized he wanted to help young players the same way. He expressed that interest when he played for Andy Reid in Philadelphia, and Reid, now coaching in Kansas City, invited Vick to assist during the Chiefs’ 2017 training camp. As good fortune had it, former Minnesota head coach Brad Childress was helping Reid as an offensive analyst and assistant coach. Childress and Vick had a pre-existing bond, and when Childress was named head coach for the Atlanta franchise of the Alliance of American Footbal this last April, he knew Vick was a great fit as his offensive coordinator. “First of all, he’s a great, great competitor. I respect that fact,” Childress said about Vick. “Having coached against him, he has jumped us a couple times. And we jumped on him a couple times. So there’s that camaraderie there. “Last year, Andy brought him in as a coaching assistant for training camp. When he spoke in the quarterback room, everybody from Alex Smith to Chase Daniel to anybody who was in there, they all turned and listened. “It was obvious the respect he commanded. He knew our offense and could spit it out verbatim. So I’m very excited to have him as our offensive coordinator.” For Vick, getting his first full-time coaching opportunity with Childress, in the city he starred in the first six years of his dynamic career, made perfect sense. “My heart is really into teaching the game of football,” Vick said. “I feel like I’ve learned so much from so many great coaches over the years. I would definitely love to work with young quarterbacks and develop them and compete for a championship. “(The Alliance) is a process about what it takes to become a complete football player, on and off the field. You’re not in college anymore; you’re not going to class. Your full-time job is football. And that creates structure for you.” “But at the same time, you have to know what you want out of the game. As players and coaches, we’ve all experienced the importance of being a professional. That’s a responsibility we take seriously, and we look forward to watching these young men grow from college to pro and continue their careers as long as they want.”     Childress said he’s looking forward to working with Vick because their coaching styles mesh well. “Just having been out there, behind everything, he’s going to have an idea what our guys can do and he’ll know when to call a screen, when to call a draw and when to run by the corner because he [the cornerback] can’t run,” Childress said. Sometimes players who achieved at an extraordinarily high level – which Vick definitely did –  have difficulty translating that knowledge to next-generation players. But Vick, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft, is all in on the transition from player to coach. “Now I can watch […]

Richardson brings ‘Iron’ will to Birmingham

By Mark Newman The last time Trent Richardson ran the football for a team in the state of Alabama, it worked out pretty well for everyone involved. He finished third in the 2011 Heisman Trophy voting, rushing for more than 100 yards in six straight games and leading the Crimson Tide to their third national championship in a four-year span. He was compared to Earl Campbell among other legends, and was considered a can’t-miss running back when the Cleveland Browns drafted him No. 3 overall in 2012 and gave him a guaranteed four-year, $20.4 million contract. For Richardson, at least, what happened after that is all well-known and water under the bridge: four NFL teams and a stint in the Canadian Football League. But now comes The Alliance of American Football, with an opportunity to come back home and start anew. Richardson was signed by the Birmingham team, which will play its game in front of Bama fans galore at Legion Field, until a new stadium near Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex is ready, likely for 2021. “Excited about this,” Richardson said to AL.com after signing. “Another opportunity for my professional career. Happy to be doing something that I really love doing, especially in Alabama and in Birmingham, which is a home away from home for me.” If anywhere is a right match for Richardson in his bid to restore his good name among football fans, it is unquestionably with the Iron and at a field near Tuscaloosa. Richardson rushed for 950 yards as an NFL rookie, but the Browns traded him to Indianapolis for a first-round pick the following year. The Colts waived him after the 2015 season. He immediately signed a two-year contract with the Raiders, but didn’t make their regular-season roster. Richardson joined the Ravens for the preseason in 2016, but that didn’t extend beyond the exhibition schedule. Richardson’s NFL stats stand at 2,032 yards on 614 career carries over 46 games. He spent one season with Saskatchewan of the CFL before he was granted his release on Aug. 15 so he could join The Alliance. With Birmingham, Richardson will play for someone who can identify with being a high draft pick whose NFL career is shorter than expected. The team’s new coach, Tim Lewis, was the 11th player chosen overall out of the University of Pittsburgh by Green Bay in 1983. Lewis played four seasons before having his career halted after a head-to-head collision with Bears receiver Willie Gault. The Alliance has a unique personnel acquisition system, and Richardson is precisely where both an organization and a player can benefit. Players are allocated to The Alliance based on their college footprint, and that includes the following schools: Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, NC State, Maryland, Missouri, UAB, South Alabama, Troy, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Jacksonville State, Samford, Miles College, North Alabama, Tuskegee and West Alabama. If a player’s college is outside The Alliance footprint, the selection process moves to phase 2 — based on their most recent NFL or CFL team. “If the Birmingham team has Trent Richardson,” The Alliance co-founder Bill Polian told ESPN […]