Couple points here. Sacramento GMiners did have a carry over following from the Sac Surge 92 WLAF Bowl victory. Fan base was in place and came of a championship. Head start if you will.
It was Memphis coach Pepper Rogers who blurted that crap about changes. No surprise. I was a big follower of the USFL , and Pepper Rogers was always a bit of a nut. Yet he was successful somehow. BTW, Mad Dogs. Most stupid name ever for football.