Former Giants coach takes job in Vegas

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel is casting his lot with the United Football League's Las Vegas franchise. The four-team league is set to begin playing on Thursday and Friday nights later this year, and Fassel is its first high-profile coach.

With the AFL sitting the year out and the economy in the tank, it seems like a curious time to launch a new league. But the UFL is pressing ahead. Fassel, a former NFL Coach of the Year, thinks it's legit:

"I'm excited," Fassel said. "I love coaching. But I wouldn't do this if I thought this was going to be a rinky-dinky, ugly-looking deal. I wouldn't do it for that."

With teams from Monterrey, Mexico; Hartford; and Salt Lake City, the UFL should have some great natural rivalries. And I don't even want to think about that San Fran-Vegas matchup. I'll give you a heads-up when we get ready to launch the UFL blog.