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  • Thursday, August 17, 2000

    Luginbill hired to coach L.A. franchise

     LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Al Luginbill, coach of the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe for the past five seasons, was hired Thursday as coach of the XFL's Los Angeles franchise.

     "We are very fortunate to have a man with coach Luginbill's experience," general manager John McKay Jr. said. "He has been a proven winner at all levels. Now, he gets to return home to Southern California."

     Luginbill, 53, led the Admirals to a 30-20 record, with the 30 wins ranking third among NFL Europe coaches.

     "I have been following the formation of the XFL closely," he said. "I believe the football on the field is going to be first class, and I am happy to get in on the ground floor of this league."

     Luginbill got his start in coaching at Pasadena, Calif., City College, from 1968-71 and 1974-77. In between, he spent two years as an assistant at Arizona State.

     He was an assistant coach at Wyoming in 1978, and then went back to ASU as an assistant coach and administrator from 1979-85.

     Luginbill was head coach at San Diego State from 1989-93, guiding the Aztecs to a 31-25-3 record. San Diego State went 8-4-1 in 1991 and played in the Freedom Bowl.

     The Xtreme Football League, jointly owned by NBC and the World Wrestling Federation, begins play next February.

     Other franchises will be in Chicago; Las Vegas; Memphis, Tenn.; Orlando, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; Birmingham, Ala.; and New York/New Jersey.



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