MORGANTOWN — Oliver Luck, as athletic director at West Virginia University, has given a number of players their first chance at football fame. Now, it appears, he is offering WVU players a second chance through the XFL as the league’s commissioner.
The XFL, the brainchild of WWE’s Vince McMahon, is currently holding combines across country aimed at its 2020 re-debut. The league lasted just one season when it was first introduced in 2001.
Even though the NFL and the Canadian Football League eat up a lot of talent, with television money and viewership available and players eager for a chance, the XFL is hoping to carve its own niche in the market.
Certainly players passed over by the NFL are eager for the opportunity, and, with that in mind, a number of former WVU players showed up in Washington D.C. for Saturday’s combine.
According to a source on site, headlining the group was junior safety Kenny Robinson Jr., who is in the NCAA transfer portal. It was reported that Robinson entered the portal due to an academic situation involving the university’s code of conduct.
The source did not say whether Robinson was working out or simply observing the workouts.
Among others who were working out were Elijah Battle, Brandon Napoleon, K.J. Dillon, Robert Sands, Jeremy Tyler, Terrence Garvin, Christian Brown, Isaiah Hardy, Marquis Lucas and Darrien Howard.
The 10-team XFL will begin play next year.
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