A generation after pro football’s answer to Johnny Cash stopped leaving tickets for Elvis at will call, Jerry Glanville finally is returning to the sport.
UFL spokesman Michael Preston confirms that Glanville will be introduced Monday as the next head coach of the Hartford Colonials.
Glanville coached the Houston Oilers from 1986 through 1989, and the Falcons from 1990 to 1993. He was the head coach in Atlanta when the Falcons drafted, and then traded, quarterback Brett Favre.
After a dozen years out of coaching, Glanville resurfaced in 2005 as the defensive coordinator at the University of Hawaii. Two years later, he was hired to be the head coach at Portland State. He resigned during the 2009 season after winning only nine of 33 games.
Glanville will be the third coach of the franchise in three seasons. In 2009, when the team was located in New York and known as the Sentinels, Ted Cottrell served as coach. Last year, the Sentinels moved to Hartford and became the Colonials, with Chris Palmer taking over for Cottrell.
Coincidentally, Palmer is now the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, which used to be the Houston Oilers.
It’s highly unlikely that the 69-year-old Glanville will parlay his time in the UFL into a return to the NFL, but far crazier things have happened.
Some of them involving Glanville.