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.