Insurance tycoon, former high school football coach, and motivational speaker Art Williams was awarded a CFL expansion franchise in Birmingham. He wanted a nickname for the team that would “scare the spit out of people,” and chose Barracudas. The Barracudas hired an experienced head coach in Jack Pardee, who had coached at the college level with the University of Houston and at the ...
Owner Art Williams estimated that he had spent $10 million to launch the Barracudas, and had probably lost at least that, if not more, during the season. He also began criticizing the Canadian Football League, and its unique concept. Along with other U.S. owners, Williams wanted several changes made: Reducing the size of a CFL field to American football standards. Allowing ...
History of the Barracudas
The Birmingham Barracudas were a Canadian football team that played the 1995 season in the Canadian Football League. The Barracudas were part of a failed attempt to expand the CFL into the United States.
By the end of January, it became clear that the league was no longer interested in playing in the United States. The league rejected the sale of the Barracudas and ordered them to shut down along with the Texans. The Stallions ownership group was concurrently awarded the remains of the inactive Montreal Alouettes franchise, which started play in 1996. Without a second American team, Anderson was unwilling to go it alone and folded the Texans, ending the CFL's American experiment. Williams would go on to purchase the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League in 1998 and sell the club a year later.
1995 / Canadian Football League
1995 / Birmingham Barracudas
Barracudas - Owner Art Williams wanted a nickname for the team that would "scare the spit out of people," and chose Barracudas.
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1995 / Legion Field
1995 / Art Williams
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