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Former Oilers, Falcons coach Glanville heads to UFL sideline

Jerry Glanville, the colorful former coach of the NFL's Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, is returning to the sideline with the UFL's Hartford Colonials.

"I am delighted to be leading the Colonials into the 2011 UFL season," Glanville told the team's official website Monday. "How good a coaching job you have is judged by how good your support group is, and with owner Bill Mayer, Commissioner Michael Huyghue and the Hartford fans, I may have the best coaching job in America.

"I am already fired up by the excitement of coaching new players in a new city. There will be little or no sleep as we evaluate players, prepare for open tryouts and install our game plan. I am putting together a new coaching staff in my mind. The key will be that they are teachers that can get along and be able to hunt down players. Everything is about to change."

Huyghue said bringing in Glanville is part of the league's strategy to hire coaches who "have a winning pedigree and are household names."

Glanville, 69, joins Jim Fassel in Las Vegas and Dennis Green in Sacramento as UFL coaches who have previously worked in the NFL.

Glanville, who was 60-69 as an NFL coach from 1985 to 1993, succeeds Chris Palmer, who led Hartford to a 3-5 record in 2010, then left in February to become offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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