The XFL has once again blocked a rival league from poaching its talent. This time, preventing the Canadian Football League (CFL) from nabbing one of their coaches.
According to TSN’s Farhan Lalji, the XFL denied the CFL’s Eskimos permission to speak to the Tampa Bay Vipers’ offensive coordinator, Jaime Elizondo. The Eskimos were apparently interested in speaking to Elizondo about their head coaching vacancy. Lalji adds that he believes Elizondo would’ve been the favorite to land the job.
“The #XFL has denied permission for the #Eskimos to speak to Jamie Elizondo about their head cosching vacancy. I believe he would have been the favorite to land the job. Tough break for him after not being allowed to speak to #Riders before this past season.”
Elizondo will continue working with Marc Trestman in Tampa, as the pair also worked together in the CFL for the Ottawa Redblacks. Trestman served as the head coach for the Redblacks, with Elizondo as his OC. Now, the pair will reprise their roles together with the Vipers.
Earlier this week, the XFL also blocked the Detroit Lions from attempting to scoop up Los Angeles Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson. With XFL kickoff just a few months away, the inaugural league wants to keep its personnel firmly in place.
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