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United Football League suspends operation until spring

 

(courtesy of UFL)

The UFL is struggling and has postponed the second half of its season until the spring.

The United Football League teams are in Omaha, Nebraska; Sacramento, California; Las Vegas, Nevada and Norfolk, Virginia.

The league plans on returning to a fall schedule in 2013.

As of this past week, coaches and players have not been paid. Players earn $3,500 a game.

The UFL said that its priority is to pay coaches, players and support staff. The league did not have enough money to cover workmen’s compensation insurance and other bills.

League founder and chairman William Hambrecht said that each team has played four of the eight regularly-scheduled games. The remaining games and the championship game will be played in the spring.

The league was founded in 2007 and its inaugural season was 2009.

 

Info compiled from the United Football League

UFL returns with four teams, different game days

 

The United Football League announced that it will be returning for its fourth season with just four teams playing eight games each.

The teams are the Las Vegas Locomotives, Virginia Destroyers, Omaha Nighthawks and Sacramento Mountain Lions.

The league kicks off the nine-week season on September 19.

(courtesy of UFL via wikipedia commons)

The league championship game is November 16.

The UFL will play games on Wednesdays and Fridays to avoid competing against the NFL and college football.

 

Info compiled from UFL, Radio & TV news

Troy Smith signs with Steelers

 

Troy Smith with Baltimore Ravens in 2008 (photo by Saquan Simpson via wikipedia commons)

Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, a 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, has been signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 2007-2009, beating the Steelers as a rookie starter in 2007.

Smith spent 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006. He beat out sophomore RB Darren McFadden (2nd) from Arkansas and senior QB Brady Quinn (3rd), from Notre Dame.

In winning the 2006 Heisman, Smith took 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that has not been broken. His tally of 2,540 votes was the third largest behind that of the then-2005 Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush of the USC (2,541 votes) and 1968 Heisman winner O. J. Simpson who also played for USC (2,853 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only by O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes.

Troy Smith joined Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975) and Eddie George (1995) as Ohio State Heisman winners.

Smith was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 2, 2011. An injury to fellow Heisman Trophy-winner Eric Crouch in the season opener, opened the door for Smith to become the starter, though the Nighthawks decided to go with Jeremiah Masoli who had been with the team longer.

Smith’s first UFL start came in Omaha’s final game of the season, a 25-19 loss to the Mountain Lions of Sacramento in the consolation round of the postseason. In the game, Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, including a 81-yard touchdown pass to Chad Lucas.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, Ohio State, United Football League & Wikipedia news

United Football League to delay start of season

 

(courtesy of United football League via wikipedia commons)

With the National Football League trying to end its lockout and get training camps and preseason games underway, the United Football League has announced that it will be pushing back the start of its season from August to September.

The schedule switch does not help the UFL which has lost more than $100 million in the first two years of its existence.

The UFL has teams in Omaha, Hartford, Norfolk, Las Vegas and Sacramento.

The league had hoped to gain viewers and fans during the NFL lockout, by scheduling early-season games on Sundays.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & United Football League

Omaha Nighthawks of UFL signs Maurice Clarett to contract

Maurice Clarett is getting a new lease on life as far as pro football is concerned.

Clarett signed a one-year contract with the United Football League team on Monday after meeting with Omaha Nighthawks team officials and UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue who agreed to give him a chance.

At Sunday’s practice with Omaha, Clarett wore his usual number 13. It was his first football activity since he was a Denver Broncos draft pick.

Maurice Clarett (photo by Clay Bush)

The 6-foot, 220 pound Clarett will be meeting with reporters on Wednesday.

Clarett, who is now 26-years-old, needed a Franklin County judge’s permission to leave the state of Ohio to work out for the UFL’s Nighthawks. He was allowed out of the state for 30 days. Omaha general manager Rick Mueller says he doesn’t see any reason why Clarett won’t be allowed to stay the entire season in Omaha or travel to road games. All of that still has to be worked out with the court and probation officers.

Clarett has a familiar teammate on the Omaha roster. It’s Roy Hall, an Ohio State classmate and close friend. They had been working out together at Ohio State prior to Omaha having its preseason practices.

The United Football League has an average salary of $50,000.

Commissioner Huyghue had said last week that he wouldn’t allow Clarett to sign with the Nighthawks unless the team agreed to provide a strong support system for the former Ohio State star. Omaha native, Ahman Green, a former Green Bay Packers star, has agreed to serve as Clarett’s mentor.

compiled from staff, United Football League & Omaha Nighthawks news