Starting this spring, the Alliance of American Football will begin play the week after the conclusion of the Super Bowl. The AAF was started by Charlie Ebersol and former Indianapolis Colts executive Bill Polian to create the NFL’s first high-profile developmental league. Currently the league has eight teams: The Arizona Hotshots, Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonion Commanders, and San Diego Fleet.
Former Cyclone defensive backs Kamari Cotton-Moya and Jarnor “Jay” Jones will both suit up for Arizona, and former offensive lineman Oni Omoile will join Memphis. Most curiously, though, is the inclusion of current Iowa State offensive analyst Jim Hofher as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach for the Atlanta Hotshots, working alongside former NFL superstar Michael Vick, who will be the offensive coordinator.
What this means for Hofher’s role moving forward is currently up in the air. The AAF season doesn’t begin until February, so Hofher could definitely finish the season on the Iowa State staff. The question then revolves around whether or not he will return to Ames for the 2019 season. It certainly seems unlikely that he would be a part of both staffs, but the AAF’s schedule (which hasn’t been officially released, but would likely finish in late summer would actually probably allow for that type of arrangement if Hofher were willing to take on that type of workload.
However, the most likely outcome probably involves Hofher finishing out the season in his current role with the program, then immediately head down to Atlanta following the conclusion of Iowa State’s season to begin preparation for the 2019 AAF season.