Report: Johnston, Riley to head AAF San Antonio franchise

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Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston and Mike Riley are expected to be named as the respective general manager and head coach of the San Antonio franchise in the Alliance of American Football, according to a report.

Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio cited multiple sources as saying that the two will guide the eighth team in the league, with Riley to join Brad Childress (Atlanta), Tim Lewis (Birmingham), Mike Singletary (Memphis), Steve Spurrier (Orlando), Rick Neuheisel (Phoenix), Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake) and Mike Martz (San Diego) as head coaches.

The Alliance of American Football confirmed on Twitter that San Antonio will be the home to the eighth team in the league.

“City #8 comes to you from the great state of Texas, San Antonio to be exact,” per the AAF’s official Twitter account on Wednesday. “We’ll be live tomorrow at 12pm CT on Twitter to announce our final Alliance head coach.”

The Alliance of American Football is expected to kick off its inaugural season on Feb. 9. The league, which was founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian and television producer Charlie Ebersol, will feature 12 weeks of play.

Johnston spent 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before serving as a longtime color analyst on FOX broadcasts for NFL games.

Riley served as the head coach of the then-San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001, posting a 14-34 mark before being fired. He also had a one-year stint as an associate head coach with the New Orleans Saints before returning to his former job as head coach at Oregon State University in 2003.

Riley, who was with the Beavers as head coach from 1997-98 and 2003-14, rejoined the team as an assist in 2017 after three seasons at Nebraska.

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