It’s been a long road for the XFL from 2020 to their planned 2023 return. Rounding out 2021, co-owner Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stated that news around new teams/cities along with broadcasting partners would be revealed early in 2022. He then joined the Manningcast in January where he mentioned that the news would be dropping in the next few weeks.
Needless to say, fans have been on edge waiting to hear more about the leagues return.
Earlier today the XFL put out a press release announcing another round of hires, so the wheels are definitely moving in the background.
Then it was reported by Sean Robertson of CBS 6 (WTVR) that Reggie Barlow has resigned from his position at VSU to accept a role with the XFL.
At the time, it did not say what position Barlow would be taking with the new league, but it seems we have some answers.
According to Robertson, Reggie Barlow is headed to the XFL to serve as head coach of their new San Antonio franchise.
Multiple sources have told me that Barlow has left #VSU to become the new Head Coach of the San Antonio franchise of the @XFL2023!@CBS6
Barlow had been with Virginia State since 2016 posting a 34-15 overall record and a 25-10 conference record. This includes a 2017 season in which he led the Trojans to a perfect 10-0 record their first time finishing with an unbeaten record in school history defeating Fayetteville State to win the CIAA championship and a berth in the Division II playoffs.
Prior to his coaching career, Barlow was a standout wide receiver playing college ball with Alabama State going on to spend seven seasons in the NFL.
Beyond the huge news of the XFL’s first head coach, we seemingly confirm that the league will be headed to San Antonio in 2023. Many have speculated that we may see Houston or Dallas relocate based on trademark disputes, but it’s hard to say if it’s either or none.
Considering that coaches are leaking, we expect that some big news is coming soon around the return and the locations.
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