The 2023 season is set to kick off next month in the USFL across the four hub cities as all eight teams look to win the USFL championship. However, before we can get to the regular season opener, all eight teams, including the Philadelphia Stars, are beginning training camp this week.
Eastern Michigan University is hosting training camp for the Stars and Michigan Panthers as they prepare for Week 1. Philly and Michigan will play their home games in Detroit at Ford Field this season. The Stars will try to return to the USFL championship game after losing to the Birmingham Stallions, 33-30, last season. In this week’s notebook, we’ll discuss a notable free agent signing by the Stars and look at their tv schedule for the 2023 campaign!
Lee signs with the Stars
Philadelphia announced on Sunday morning that they signed former Pittsburgh Maulers quarterback Vad Lee. Lee started in four games (played in six games) with the Maulers last season; and brought some excitement to their offense. The former James Madison standout completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 729 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions.
MAULERS WIN MAULERS WIN MAULERS WIN MAULERS WIN MAULERS WIN 🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨🔨 pic.twitter.com/cQS28Xnr1R
— Pittsburgh Maulers (@USFLMaulers) May 15, 2022
After the Maulers’ season ended, Lee received some NFL looks (workouts with Steelers and Ravens) over the summer and signed with the BC Lions (CFL) in January. However, Lee was released by the Lions in February. He now joins a loaded Stars’ offense and a quarterback room where he could beat out K.J. Costello and Kevin Thomson for the QB2 job behind starter Case Cookus.
Stars coaching staff for the 2023 season
Philadelphia also announced their coaching staff for this season, with Bart Andrus returning for his second season as the team’s head coach. Andrus led the Stars to a 6-4 record and an appearance in the USFL championship last season.
We've got an all-star team of coaches on our side 🌟🤩
Introducing our coaching staff for the 2023 season ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Vjt0k5WLcr
— Philadelphia Stars (@USFLStars) March 15, 2023
Stars to be playing on FOX/NBC this season
The USFL announced last week that they will televise 29 games on FOX and NBC, with 13 primetime games. They will also have 22 games on Saturday and 21 on Sunday, which means no games on Friday nights. The Stars will have seven games on FOX and NBC, which includes the regular season opener on April 15 against the Memphis Showboats (4:30 p.m. ET, FOX).
Our TV Schedule is out! 📺🌟
Tune in to watch your favorite Super-Stars this season! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/gUBYjzcAEZ
— Philadelphia Stars (@USFLStars) March 13, 2023