There have already been a number of media reports that Reggie Barlow will be the head coach of San Antonio’s XFL team for the 2023 season.
This coming even before an official announcement that San Antonio has an XFL team.
Today, the league announced its list of head coaches for next year and it includes some high profile names.
Wade Phillips is a former NFL head coach and a highly regarded defensive coach. He is the son of Houston Oilers coaching legend Bum Phillips.
Bob Stoops won 190 games at Oklahoma including an undefeated season and national championship in 2000.
Rod Woodson is an NFL Hall of Fame defensive back. He played for 17 season and was named to 11 Pro Bowls. He had 71 career interceptions and returned 12 for touchdowns.
Hines Ward is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-team leader in catches with 1,000, yards with 12,083 and receiving touchdowns with 85. He was the most valuable player in Super Bowl XL when the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks.
Terrell Buckley will be head coach of the XFL Orlando franchise, according to a Twitter report by Matt Zenitz (@on3sports). Buckley was an NFL defensive back for 14 seasons and has been a college assistant coach.
Jim Haslett coached in the NFL from 1996 to 2014. He was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints for six seasons.
Anthony Becht played in 11 NFL seasons as a tight end, mostly with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Becht has worked in TV and radio as an analyst covering college football and the NFL.
Barlow had a 34-16 record as head coach at Virginia State before joining the XFL. Barlow is a former NFL receiver and returner.
The San Francisco Giants like former San Antonio Missions star Mauricio Dubon for his athleticism and versatility.
In Saturday’s spring training game, the Giants’ TV commentators talked about how valuable he is because of his ability to play second base, shortstop and center field. They also mentioned how much stress it can be to prepare for that many positions. The irony was on that particular afternoon he started at yet another position – third base. On the day he had a double, two walks and scored twice in four plate appearances.
Dubon played in 74 games for the Giants last season, batting .240 with five home runs. He also spent time in Triple-A.
The 6-footer, who will turn 28 years old in July, is a trailblazer as a Major League Baseball player from Honduras.
Dubon spent most of the 2019 season in San Antonio. He was the starting shortstop for the Missions the one season when they were the Triple-A farm club of the Milwaukee Brewers.
His playing career with the Missions ended at the trade deadline. In a quirk of timing and scheduling, he was traded from the Brewers organization to the Giants organization on a day the Giants’ Triple-A team was visiting Wolff Stadium – so Dubon played for the Missions one day and against the Missions the next.
CJ Abrams is the top prospect in the San Diego Padres’ organization – although he appears to be on the verge of outgrowing “prospect” status.
Abrams spent part of last summer as the starting shortstop for the Double-A Antonio Missions. His season was cut short by an injury.
Abrams has seen plenty of action with the Padres during the current spring training and has impressed with both his defense and batting. With the Padres’ regular shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. currently out with an injury, Abrams could find himself on San Diego’s opening day roster.
Abrams is capable of playing both shortstop and second base. There have also been media reports that the Padres have given thought to him being used as a backup in center field.
The 6-foot-2, 21-year-old Abrams was a first-round pick by the Padres in the 2019 baseball amateur draft.