Last week The Spring League (TSL) announced the first of its two expansion teams when they revealed the Sea Lions logo via social media. At the time we only new the design, but it only took a day for the league to reveal the new teams identity; the Sea Lions.
🚨 NEW LOGO ALERT 🚨
Here's the logo for one of two new teams that will be added to #TheSpringLeague in 2021.
What do you think this team's name is? pic.twitter.com/zaxnYrwEDT
— The Spring League 🏈 (@TheSpringLeague) April 6, 2021
The Sea Lions will play out of TSL’s southern division which will be played at Rice Stadium in Houston, TX. Today we’re learning that the franchise has hired its first set of coaches. According to FootballScoop that the Sea Lions are tabbing Larry Kirksey as head coach and Blake Brockermeyer as offensive line coach.
Many XFL fans may remember Larry Kirksey from his time as Seattle Dragons wide receiver coach, but he has storied career beyond that. Kirksey is a former long-time NFL assistant coach, serving for five different franchises – Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville and San Francisco. Kirksey also served on various Power 5 college staffs, including both Alabama and Texas A&M. He also served as head coach at Kentucky State for one season in the 1980s before he joined the staff of the Florida Gators, where he helped coach Emmitt Smith.
Blake Brockemeyer’s name is a former longtime NFL standout who spent a total of nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. He was a first-round NFL Draft pick of the expansion Panthers in ’95 after a dominant run as a star offensive lineman and All-American for the University of Texas.
Brockermeyer has had a strong coaching career since his retirement from the NFL. Prior to spending two seasons as an analyst at SMU, he held a variety of assistant coaching roles at All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas, where the program won five state championships during his tenure.
The Spring League will be retuning May 6th, with all games being televised on FOX, FS1 and FS2. With the XFL on the sidelines for 2021 and the CFL possibly postponing their season, there’s a lot of new eyes on The Spring League. We’re looking forward to bringing you the best coverage live from both TSL hub locations this year and can’t wait to see what the league can produce.
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