X-Out: I really never got a chance to watch much of the XFL – a spring football league with former WVU quarterback Oliver Luck as its commissioner.
While the league was never going to be a threat to the National Football League, it served as another option for those players who are perhaps on the cusp of making one of the NFL's 32 rosters.
It was football entertainment for the spring.
In addition to giving players a chance to be a part of the game they love, it was also a possible springboard for coaches.
And one of those was Ripley native Adam Hill.
The former Viking standout, who later played at Glenville and became a part of the program at Marshall, was working as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Vipers.
Hill has spent the last few years within the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneer organization.
It’s a shame it didn’t work out with the Vipers.
But Hill, who also played quite a bit of semi-pro football, is a coach on the rise with a great resume and will land on his feet.
Rector on the Move: Brett Rector’s stay at Parkersburg South was short, but very sweet.
The former Ravenswood Class AA First Team All-State basketball and football player announced last week he is leaving the boys basketball head coaching position at South to be the head assistant for Dwaine Osborne at the University of Charleston.
Rector’s background in coaching includes a recent stint at UC, in addition to working for the programs at West Virginia Tech, the University of Pikeville and Eastern Kentucky.
Rector, who also coached at the high school level at Ravenswood for his former leader Mick Price, will have the chance to work with a one-time Red Devil standout at UC in Riley Heatherington, who will be a junior.
The former sharpshooter, who played at Tech and Davis & Elkins, had quite the season in his first year as South’s head coach.
He led the Patriots to a 16-8 record and a berth in the Class AAA State Tournament. South, the No. 7 seed, was slated to play No. 2 seed Martinsburg in the opening round.
Of course as most of us know by now, Rector’s team has yet to play in the tournament due to its suspension because of the coronavirus.
The decision to leave South wasn’t easy for Rector, but he does so in order to continue chasing his dream of becoming a head coach at the collegiate level.
And if anyone knows Brett Rector, the dream will become reality sooner rather than later.