Shane Matthews to coach AAFL's Florida team
GAINESVILLE - Former Florida quarterback Shane Matthews will be the head coach of the Florida team in the new All-American Football League.
The league, which will consists of former college players who have earned their degrees, will begin play on Aug. 12.
Joining Matthews on the Florida staff will be former UF running back Terry Jackson and former Florida coaches Jerry "Red" Anderson and Jim Collins.
Teams from six states - Florida, Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee - will comprise the new league. The Florida team will play three games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
A minimum of 10 former Gators will be on the Florida team. So far, the roster includes: Steve Rissler, Fred Weary, Willie Jackson, Travis McGriff, Judd Davis, Chris Doering, Doc Pollard and Tony George.
"This is a dream job for me,'' Matthews said at a news conference Wednesday in Gainesville. "We're going to have some fun and we're going to win.''