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Ex-USF star QB BJ Daniels wants XFL shot

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A decade ago, B.J. Daniels was a hero in Green and Gold quarterbacking for the USF Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. On Saturday, he was back as one of numerous players chasing another chance to play pro football in the upcoming XFL relaunch.

Daniels was out there with over a hundred players of all positions, backgrounds and story lines trying to impress XFL league and team representatives at their “summer showcase” event being held in Tampa:

In particular, Tampa Bay’s inaugural coach and “quarterback guru,” Marc Trestman was taking a strong look at what Daniels might be able to do for their first season starting next spring. Trestman has formerly been the Bears head coach and coach of the “Grey Cup” winning Montreal Allouettes of the CFL. However, he’s mostly known for his work, as a QB coach and offensive coordinator in the NFL over the past three decades.

A former star at Tallahassee’s Lincoln high school, Daniels quarterbacked at USF between 2009-12 and led the Bulls to a lot of success over those four seasons. He left Tampa with the second most passing yards at that time, and the most rushing yards by any QB in program history. Also throw in, the historic wins at Florida State in 2009 and at Notre Dame in the opening game of the 2011 season, and there are plenty of memories for Bulls fans.

Daniels was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 but they released him late in his rookie year, but he was picked up (above) by the Seattle Seahawks. Daniels was on their roster during the playoff run that season, when the Seahawks eventually won the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos. Daniels then bounced on and off several other NFL rosters as teams tried him at receiver and running back, as well as quarterback. He actually did play a few series in the Texans finale’ game of 2017 at quarterback.

After trying out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL last summer where he was released before playing in regular season games, Daniels eventually ended up in the other Spring league that launched this past January. The AAF’s Salt Lake City Stallions ended up taking Daniels, as part of the leagues separate quarterback only draft. However, Daniels was injured again, before playing in a game and placed on injured reserve for the season.

Yet, Saturday he was out there in the Tampa Bay heat firing passes in front of the likes of XFL Commissioner and former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, as well. So too were other names like former NFL and Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, who desperately wants another chance in the upcoming spring League next February.

And, while the decision will ultimately come down to football skill, and the ability of Daniels to be healthy, it’s most likely the soon to be 30 year old Daniels will get a shot with the Tampa Bay franchise. This, if for no other reason than, thousands of local USF fans will be inclined to come to the stadium or at least watch on TV, if he’s under center at least some of the time.

And that’s something that Luck, owner of the XFL Vince McMahon and the league itself, will need a lot of next February.

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Report- Alabama will hire Charlie Strong as consultant

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Former USF coach Charlie Strong has decided on a new role for the upcoming 2020 season, and it won’t be in Gainesville.

ESPN college football insider Chris Low reported Tuesday morning that Strong has agreed to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as a defensive “consultant” for this season

As we wrote last week, Strong had visited Saban and the Tide about the possible position on his staff, while considering a similar opportunity to join either Dan Mullen’s Gators staff or a couple of others in a consulting role. None of this will affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart.

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Former USF coach Strong to be consultant for Alabama?

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And intriguing item popped up Friday morning involving former USF head coach Charlie Strong and him visiting Nick Saban the Alabama football program.

According to Alabama Insider and radio host, Aaron Suttles, Strong, who was dismissed last December after his third season with the Bulls, was in Tuscaloosa Thursday meeting with Saban and his staff:

Strong had also been reportedly talking with the University of Florida about a possible consultant role, which likely would not affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart

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