Recognizable names from all across the college football coaching community seem to be pulling together as the coaching staffs for the new Alliance of American Football (AAF) league, set to launch in early 2019, continue to form. Set to launch after the Super Bowl on Feb. 9, with games televised on CBS and CBS Sports Network, the AAF hopes to the become the premier developmental professional football league. Teams will have 50 players on each roster, the season will only run through the end of April and the head coaches for the inaugural season include some of the most respected names in football. Rick Neuheisel was already named the head coach of one of the league’s eight teams, the Arizona Hotshots, and this week he announced his staff, which includes former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and longtime Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti. 

The goal, Neuhseisel said this week, is build a fast, high-powered and efficient team. “The Alliance is an incredible platform for talented players and qualified coaches looking to begin, extend or revitalize their professional careers,” Neuheisel said. “When I began curating my coaching staff to join me here in Arizona, I was looking for experienced, dynamic coaches who can help us be the team I’ve envisioned — fast, high-powered and efficient on both sides of the ball. We’re building something special here in Arizona and we want to make this state proud by excelling on and off the field come first snap.”Freeze had a 39-25 record in five seasons with Ole Miss, reaching the top 10 in 2015 and going 3-1 in bowl games. He resigned prior to the 2017 season amid both a personal and NCAA scandal, and this marks his first official return to coaching.

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