Former Gryphon interviews for CFL head coach

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Hamilton radio station 900 CHML reported this afternoon that former Gryphon Mike O’Shea was in Hamilton today to interview for the Tiger-Cats’ vacant head coaching position.  He has also recently interviewed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. 

On Saturday Sun sports columnist Steve Simmons wrote …

If I’m Bob O’Billovich, I’m hiring Mike O’Shea as my head coach in Hamilton. He may not have the experience. But he has that ‘it’ factor …

A couple days earlier another Sun sports writer,  Bill Lankhof wrote …

There are plenty of potential candidates for Hamilton’s head coaching job but one of the most interesting would be Mike O’Shea, currently special teams co-ordinator in Toronto. He is reviled by Ticats fans for deciding to sign with arch-rival Toronto rather than return to Hamilton in 1996 after a failed National Football League tryout. A return to Hamilton to try and lead them to a Grey Cup would be a delicious irony. Below is a list of potential early-line candidates to take over Marcel Bellefeuille’s job.

1. Mike O’Shea, special teams co-ordinator, Toronto Argonauts

2. Mike Benevides, defensive co-ordinator, B.C. Lions

3. Richie Hall, defensive co-ordinator, Saskatchewan

4. Corey Chamblin, defensive co-ordinator, Hamilton Ticats

Read the full article Ticats head-hunting for a coach

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No sooner did I write that I thought the University of Toronto may keep the same coaching staff than the news came out that OC John Engel was fired.  There aren’t a lot of details as to the reasoning.  The Toronto Sun has reported that former Toronto Argonauts coach and GM Adam Rita is a serious candidate for the job of Varsity Blues head coach.

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A December announcement is supposed to conclude the University of Windsor’s search for a head coach but it hasn’t happened yet.  Interim coach Joe D’Amore is thought to be the frontrunner.  D’Amore was the OUA Coach of the Year. 

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The Always OUA blog credits former Gryphon Nick FitzGibbon with throwing biggest block of the night in last week’s 99th Grey Cup Game.  They have the video to prove.

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2 Responses to Former Gryphon interviews for CFL head coach

  1. gryphfan says:

    Lankhof’s a Toronto writer and it shows with his Head Coaching short list. Numbers 2-4 are long shots. Benevides is a lock to replace Wally in BC, Hall’s name hasn’t been mentioned and Chamblin as the Cat’s DC was horrible trying to impose his defensive system that didn’t fit with the personnel they had. Chamblin was reported to be interviewed as well as O’Shea and George Cortez. Would also like to see Dave Dickenson and Tim Burke interviewed too. Should check with Steve Milton & Drew Edwards they cover the Cats in the Hamilton Spectator.

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