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Elvis is dead and there’s a reason Glanville isn’t in the NFL

October 3rd, 2011

I just got an email that said former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville is coming to Jackson Wednesday to meet with city officials and business leaders to discuss the potential for a Jackson-based United Football League expansion team to participate in the 2012 season.

Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville wants to bring a half-baked pro football franchise football to Mississippi

When Glanville was in the NFL, he dressed in black and left tickets at will call for Elvis. There’s no doubt he will make some reference to Elvis while he is in town.

Folks in Mississippi need to remind Glanville that Elvis is dead and so is his football career. He was a terrible coach then, and Mississippi doesn’t need him coming to try and suck dry the local businesses he would try to con into believing he will be bringing big-time football to Mississippi.

Glanville should be told that Friday night high school football is bigger than any product he may want to bring to town.

Businesses in Mississippi should stay away from the blood-sucking tactics of this minor league sports league with characters like Glanville, who is trying to hang onto a career that wasn’t very good to begin with.

We should know better.

Since the Halloween season is upon us, Glanville and his monsters should be reminded that unaffiliated minor league sports don’t work in Mississippi, ever.

To take from an editorial in the Mississippi Business Journal a few weeks ago that Coach Glanville should read, here is a partial list of the minor league corpses left throughout the towns and cities of Mississippi.

Here is a partial list of the carcuses from the last 15 years:
Minor league hockey has come and gone — twice — in Tupelo.
Minor league hockey has come and gone — twice — in Biloxi.
Minor league hockey has come and gone in Jackson.
Minor league hockey has come and gone in Southaven.
Minor league football has come and gone — twice— in Tupelo.
Minor league baseball has come and gone in Tupelo (twice), Greenville, Meridian (twice), Booneville, Jackson (twice), Hattiesburg.
Minor league basketball has come and gone in Jackson, Tupelo, Greenville, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Meridian.
There is not one minor league sports team open for business today in Mississippi, except for the Mississippi Braves, which is a Double-A affiliate of the MLB Atlanta Braves.
But, Mississippians have been ready to jump at the chance that minor league baseball could harness energy and spending in their communities. The problem is almost all were dealing with independent leagues and mostly questionable business folks, who promised the stars and spun a good yarn, but, in most cases, never produced any kind of substantial business plan.

Coach Glanville, there will be no resurrection of Elvis in Mississippi.

You might want to try Kalamazoo.

The release that was sent out early Monday stated,

This week on Wednesday, October 5, former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville will visit Jackson, Mississippi, to meet with city officials and business leaders to discuss the potential for a Jackson-based United Football League expansion team to participate in the 2012 season.

Coach Glanville, who was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons (1986-1989) and Houston Oilers (1990-1993) performs an advisory role with the United Football League and is leading the league’s expansion initiative.

He will visit Jackson, MS, Salt Lake City, UT, and Chattanooga, TN, in the coming weeks to explore interest in those cities welcoming a UFL expansion team for the 2012 season. The ownership of the new team that joins the Las Vegas Locomotives, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers in the UFL will have the opportunity to appoint Jerry Glanville as its head coach.

Coach Glanville is available for media interviews on Wednesday afternoon and also by phone. Please contact me if you are interested in talking to Jerry and I will look for an opening in his schedule, which is being finalized.

Coach will travel to Jackson from Sacramento, where he called the Saturday night game between the hometown Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers in front of 17,612 fans.

Please let me know if you require more information on the UFL including photos, logos and game footage. There is also information at www.UFL-Football.com.

About The United Football League: The UFL provides high-quality professional football during a traditional fall season while embracing innovation and fan interaction. The UFL serves its local communities with pride and dedication, and aims to provide every fan with an exciting and memorable game experience. The inaugural 2009 champion Las Vegas Locos won a second championship in 2010, lifting the William Hambrecht Trophy with a 23-20 win over the Florida Tuskers. The 2011 season kicked off on September 15 and features the Locos, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers. The UFL is led by Commissioner Michael Huyghue and is funded by a consortium of private investors. For season tickets, more information and to interact with passionate football fans, please visit www.UFL-Football.com.
  1. MC
    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:18 | #1

    I totally agree about the UFL not being viable but did anyone research the data provided, we still have an ice hockey team in Biloxi (MS Surge) and it never left it just switched leagues. Ice hockey in Jackson disappeared because the owner went to jail for WorldCom. Also, the MS Riverkings hockey club in Southhaven, MS have been playing for over 10 years in Mississippi ! Most of the in state hockey games draw more fans than MS Braves baseball, even Ole Miss-MS St. plays hockey with 2,000+ fans. We need a modern arena for music and sports in Mississippi, something that could bring the NCAA basketball tourney here and provide an option for the popular music gig’s that pass on Jackson,MS.

  2. MS_HockeyFan
    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:52 | #2

    I can’t answer for Biloxi since I haven’t been to a hockey game down there since high school, but Southaven still has a minor league hockey team (http://www.riverkings.com/home/) and their schedule does show the Mississippi Surge as an opponent. Now I haven’t lived in north Mississippi long enough to know if there was a team before the Riverkings in Southaven, but I definitely wouldn’t call changing conferences the team failing. Granted, I think the league they were in is much stronger than the one they are in now, but that’s not the point right now.

    Also, I have a hard time seeing the UFL lasting for any length of time. Like so many other NFL want-to-bes, it doesn’t have the talent, the fans, or the entertainment value that the NFL does.

  3. Yeti
    October 4th, 2011 at 17:43 | #3

    It is easy to knock something i am pretty sure you have not seen. I have been to every Omaha Nighthawks home game. The product is great. TALENT is there. Atmosphere at least in Omaha is amazing. Money well spent in my book. The league has had its ups and Many Many downs. However, it is back on track.

  4. Dave
    October 7th, 2011 at 23:04 | #4

    The Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium that Glanville is looking at was ‘Given’ to JSU.
    So where does he think any of his 4 UFL teams in the nation would play here?
    He’d have to talk with JSU about renting it.

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