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.