“The Alliance offers a unique opportunity to get back into coaching, this time for a spring season, and work closely with hungry, talented athletes looking to begin, revive or extend their professional careers,” Spurrier said per AAF.com.
“The fact I can do this in Orlando makes it that much sweeter. I’m fired up and ready to go.”
The AAF is scheduled to begin in 2019, after the NFL’s Super Bowl.
This will not be Spurrier’s first foray into professional coaching. Spurrier coached the Redskins in 2002 and 2003 and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL for three seasons in the 1980s (1983-1985). He was 12-20 with the Redskins.
Kapler, also in his first season with the Phillies, has already come under scrutiny for several unorthodox moves in Philadelphia’s first seven games this season.
The manager drew the ire of fans on Opening Day when, with Philadelphia holding a 5-0 lead, he pulled starter Aaron Nola in the fifth inning after he had thrown 68 pitches in a game that the Phillies ultimately lost 8-5.
Arrieta struggled in the first inning Sunday afternoon, allowing three runs on three hits, including a solo home run.
But the former Cy Young Award winner settled down after his opening frame. He finished with five strikeouts and two walks while allowing three runs (two earned) in four innings. He retired 10 of his last 11 hitters.
Minnesota has two home games remaining against Memphis and Denver, and with Butler back just in time. Butler hit 7-of-10 shots and had four steals in 22 minutes against the Lakers (34-45).
The veteran guard said he felt winded at times and perhaps that showed when the 86.5 percent free throw shooter missed 4 of 8 attempts from the line.
“I gamble a lot on defense, I got lucky enough to get two early [steals] and [felt] winded a little bit, missed some free throws but other than that I felt pretty solid,” Butler said of his return.
“… We need them all,” Butler later added of each remaining game. “We need them all. We are not satisfied with just this one. We got a team that we haven’t beaten this year on Monday in Memphis. They have been whupping our tail all year long.”