(Los Angeles, California – Tuesday, January 12)

Things are certainly heating up for the LA Temptation in 2016, as we head into mini-camp and approach training camp. The team will be holding two practices this weekend, and according to head coach Tui Suiaunoa, a roster of 20-25 players should be set and finalized by mid-February.

Here are some new developments within the LA Temptation franchise:

• Former co-Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator David ‘Biz’ Bizub has stepped down from coaching this off-season and Head Coach Tui Suiaunoa has not appointed any new coaches to his 2016 staff.

• LA’s quarterback situation is definitely “up in the air”, as Ashley Salerno is no longer with the team, and the latest information received by the league indicates that Michelle Angel is trying out for the Dallas Desire. A team that once had the most talent and depth at the position will potentially be looking for a new signal caller heading into the 2016 season.

Michelle AngelMichelle Angel

Ashley SalernoAshley Salerno

• Coach Suiaunoa expects that 4-5 members of the former Las Vegas team will be in LA’s training camp, including two of their premier wide receivers, Brittany Henderson and Cynthia Schmidt.

• A new addition for the team at running back will be Nasira Johnson (previously with the Atlanta Steam), who dazzles with her cutback speed and slashing running style. Johnson will join 3-year veteran Carmen Bourseau, and should give LA a formidable running attack.

• Sherri Awagah returns to anchor the offensive line, which should be further strengthened by the addition of veterans Kia Ramos (from Las Vegas) and Megan Hanson, who was Seattle’s starting center in 2015.

• On defense, the Temptation will rely on returning cornerbacks Ogom Chijindu and Chelsea Haardt to patrol the passing lanes. Coach Tui expects the rest of the defensive positions to be hotly contested, but did note that one likely change will be a selective departure from the zone coverage schemes that he’s previously deployed. As remarked by Tui, “Times are changing, and with some of the great athletes we’re seeing out there, we need to adapt and be flexible. Seattle used the spy technique on us last year, and you can expect we’ll want to return the favor.”

OgomOgom Chijindu

Chelsey HaardtChelsea Haardt

• Other notable departures for LA include Amanda Ruller and Kimm Chase, who are both now with the Atlanta Steam.

What you can expect is an intensely competitive Temptation’s mini-camp and training camp, with most positions “up for grabs”; indeed, the state of flux we’re seeing seems to be a signal that even some of the more established veterans do not feel comfortable staying in one place, and feel the need to leave successful teams like LA and move to situations where their future prospects may be more secure.

Coach Tui also provided some insights on the upcoming schedule, noting, “Right now, we’re focused like a laser on preparing for the opening game at Citizens Bank Arena against Seattle. As everyone who follows the LFL knows, there’s a score to settle with Seattle, and I’m going to do everything I can to be ready for them. We also know we have to be at our best against the expansion clubs, Austin and Dallas; the Desire actually have a prior track record in the league, and are loaded with some experienced players. And it will be interesting to finish up the season playing Atlanta, particularly given the movement of players between the two teams. Whatever happens in between now and the start of the season in April, the one thing I know is that my team will be ready. You can count on that.”

The Temptation will play their home games this season in Ontario, CA at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Below are the dates and ticket links:

Sunday, April 24th vs Seattle Mist

Saturday, May 7th vs Dallas Desire