Green, Cottrell to coach in new league

March 9th, 2009 – 6:02 PM by Judd Zulgad

Former Vikings coach Dennis Green and defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell will be named head coaches in the United Football League, according to a report by Howard Balzer of the Sports XChange. The announcements are set to be made at a news conference on Wednesday in San Francisco. Green will coach the San Francisco entry and Cottrell will coach the New York team in the league, which is set to begin play in four cities in October.

Former Giants coach Jim Fassel will be in charge of the Las Vegas squad and Jim Haslett, who has coached the Saints and Rams, will guide the Orlando entry. UFL teams will play six games, with the championship expected to be held on Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas.

Green compiled a 101-70 record overall as the Vikings coach from 1992 to 2001. His last stint as a head coach came with the Arizona Cardinals (2004-06). Cottrell, a veteran NFL assistant, was the Vikings defensive coordinator in 2004-05. Cottrell entered last season as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator but was fired after San Diego started 3-5. Cottrell is the only one of the four new UFL coaches not to have been a head coach in the NFL.

Balzer also reports the UFL is attempting to get Michael Vick to play in its first season.


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