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Commissioner Statement on Jay Gruden

February 3, 2011 - United Football League (UFL) - Florida Tuskers News Release

"We congratulate Jay Gruden on his appointment with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"While Jay's departure results in the Virginia Destroyers seeking a new head coach, his success is testament to the fact that the teams in the United Football League are led by quality coaches who are in demand at the highest level. "We have proved that we find the best and brightest coaches and it is the nature of our business that they are then offered opportunities to further their careers. We are proud of their success and how that reflects on the United Football League.

"Jay is the latest in a long line of coaches who have moved on to the National Football League. Following the 2009 season Jim Haslett joined the Washington Redskins as offensive coordinator having led his team to the UFL Championship Game and Jay's Defensive Coordinator with the Tuskers Chuck Bresnahan has joined the Oakland Raiders staff. Also this year we have seen coaches such as Kevin O'Dea, who went from the Hartford Colonials where he was the special teams coach to the Chicago Bears, further their coaching careers.

"Coaches moving between clubs is common at this time of year and we will move on and seek a suitable head coaching candidate in Virginia, who will be introduced to the Destroyers fans in the coming weeks. "We have also developed more than 70 players who signed to the active rosters and practice squads of NFL teams. In addition to being a league that provides a quality product on the field and great entertainment, this is a league of opportunity and we embrace that role we play in professional football."

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In his first year as head coach of the Florida Tuskers, JAY GRUDEN led his team to a 5-3 regular season record and a berth at the 2010 UFL Championship Game, where the Tuskers lost to the Las Vegas Locos. In 2009, as Offensive Coordinator of the Tuskers, Gruden's league-leading offense helped the 6-0 Florida team reach the inaugural UFL Championship Game where they also lost to the Locos.

"I would like to thank Michael Huyghue for the opportunity he gave me with the United Football League, said Gruden. "I would not be a coordinator in the National Football League without my experience as a head coach and offensive coordinator in the UFL, and without the support of the players, coaching staff and Jim Haslett."

2009 United Football League coaches who moved on to the NFL

Name Pos. UFL team NFL team Pos. Sam Garnes Defensive Assistant Las Vegas Carolina Panthers Assistant Strength & Conditioning Jim Haslett Head Coach Florida Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinator Donnie Henderson Defensive Assitant California Arizona Cardinals Defensive Backs Sean McVay Wide receivers Florida Washington Redskins Offensive Assistant Kevin Ross Defensive Backs New York Oakland Raiders Defensive Backs Assistant

2010 United Football League coaches who moved on to the NFL

Player Pos UFL team Year NFL team Pos. Chuck Bresnahan Defensive Coordinator Florida 2009 Oakland Raiders Linebackers

2010

Jay Gruden Head Coach Florida 2009 Cincinnati Bengals Offensive coordinator

Florida 2010

Ike Hilliard Wide Receivers Florida 2009 Miami Dolphins Wide receivers

2010

Kevin O'Dea Special Teams Hartford 2010 Chicago Bears ST assistant Tony Sparano Jr. Defensive Line Assistant Hartford 2010 Miami Dolphins Offensive Quality Control Mike Wilson Wide Receivers Las Vegas 2009 Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers

2010

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