Football sometimes makes for unlikely connections. Such is the case for former USF defensive coordinator Joe Tresey and Joe Jagodzinski, who was briefly the Tampa Bucs offensive coordinator until he was fired before the 2009 season.
Jagodzinski is head coach for the new expansion Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He recently hired Tresey to be his defensive backs coach. Tresey spent one season with USF after he was fired as the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati when Brian Kelly was the head coach.
Tresey is the third member of Jim Leavitt’s old staff at USF to find a job. Former Bulls offensive coordinator Mike Canales took the same job at North Texas and former USF offensive line coach Mike Simmonds has taken a job at Indiana State.
Omaha becomes the fifth UFL franchise joining Orlando, Las Vegas, Sacramento (CA) and Hartford (CT).The regular season will consist of eight games with each team facing each other twice. The season kickoffs in September.
The Las Vegas Locos won the inaugural league championship last year defeating the Florida Tuskers, which are based in Orlando.
The Tuskers announced last March that Jay Gruden would be their new head coach for the 2010 season. Julius Wilson, who played at Southeast High, was an offensive lineman for the Tuskers.
The Hartford Colonials is the new name and home of the former New York Sentinels franchise while Sacramento becomes the permanent home of the former California Redwoods, which played its 2009 home games in San Jose and San Francisco.