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Biletnikoff Jr. amends one comment

In my business, it's not easy to get in touch with a coach who has just been fired (or hired, for that matter). The last thing they want to do is re-hash the details of their dismissal for a newspaper article. Fred Biletnikoff Jr., fired as Shock offensive coordinator, not only took my call Monday at the Las Vegas airport en route to his Bay Area home, he spoke candidly about the situation. I should point out that Shock majority owner Brady Nelson, who never ducks an issue, good or bad, also returned my call earlier Monday.

Biletnikoff Jr. phoned me Tuesday to express his thanks for quoting him accurately in the article, to reiterate that he hopes the Shock win the AFL title this season and to amend one statement he made on Monday (“It’s probably time to get back to real football. Eleven men, take out those silly nets.”) Biletnikoff Jr. said he made that comment in haste and regrets it. He said he loves arena football and has dedicated much of professional career to the sport.

Biletnikoff Jr. stunned by firing

Back with more on the Shock firing assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Fred Biletnikoff Jr. I touched base with majority owner Brady Nelson for an earlier article. The final version has the viewpoints of head coach Rob Keefe and Fred Biletnikoff Jr. (pictured above).

Here's a link.

UPDATE: Spokane has hired ex-Shock receiver Andy Olson as an offensive assistant coach. More here.

Shock fire Biletnikoff Jr.

Just got off the phone with Shock majority owner Brady Nelson, who confirmed that assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Fred Biletnikoff Jr. has been fired.


Here's a link to my story. Updates later.

Shock expected to hire Biletnikoff Jr.

The Spokane Shock are expected to name Fred Biletnikoff Jr. as its new offensive coordinator, according to Arena Football League sources.

Biletnikoff was the head coach at Central Valley, one of Spokane’s rivals in arenafootball2, but the Coyotes decided not to play in 2010. He is the son of Fred Biletnikoff, the former Oakland Raiders receiver who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

Biletnikoff will replace Matt Sauk, who left Spokane to become offensive coordinator for the AFL Utah Blaze. Spokane was 9-0 versus Central Valley from 2006-09 — three of those outcomes decided by two points and one by three points.

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