November 14, 2008
What about Kamau?
By JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA
MONTREAL -- Random thoughts and observations on the eve of the East Division final between the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes ...
- What the heck is going on in Winnipeg?
The East final is tomorrow in Montreal but the talk surrounding the Eskimos is about receivers coach Mike Kelly apparently being the overwhelming favourite to become the next Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach.
Whoever opened their yap about Kelly allegedly being the slam-dunk choice as the next bench boss in the Manitoba capital has caused a distraction for the Eskimos.
Will it be a distraction that hurts the team on the field on Saturday in the East final at Olympic Stadium? (11 a.m. MST, TSN, CHED).
I doubt it.
But it's clear the Eskimos are not happy about this situation.
A source tells Sun Media the Green and Gold are rather upset by the whole issue.
Edmonton president and CEO Rick LeLacheur states nobody from the Winnipeg organization has asked permission to speak to Kelly about the head coach opening.
"I even checked my voice mails from Ottawa," said LeLacheur, who stopped in Ottawa on his flight here to Montreal yesterday.
Has there been some tampering in this whole mess?
It is a question swirling around the league right now.
There are apparently tampering rules regarding coaches in the CFL.
But it's unclear what the penalty is for getting caught red-handed.
A CFL source says that penalty is at the "commissioner's discretion."
Another source says money is paid if there is a guilty verdict.
"Our coaches are under contract, period," said LeLacheur, who sounded rather frustrated giving the response.
When asked if he was unhappy with the timing and the allegations, he replied: "I have only read the rumours.
"Whether someone is making it up or someone knows something that I don't know, it is hard for me to know.
"It is just unfortunate, of the timing of all of this."
As of right now, the Eskimos haven't asked the league to investigate possible tampering charges.
"It is unfortunate this came out the way it has come out," added Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.
- The Eskimos were the only team shut out on the CFL offensive all-star list.
Announced yesterday, the list didn't include receiver Kamau Peterson - who finished third in the league in receiving with 1,317 yards.
Ken-Yon Rambo, Geroy Simon and Jamel Richardson were easy choices.
But Montreal's Ben Cahoon received the fourth receiver all-star nod in voting done by fans, football reporters and CFL head coaches.
Cahoon had 86 fewer yards than Peterson in the regular season.
Considering the leadership role Peterson took on the Eskimos when Jason Tucker broke his neck, the voters made a mistake leaving him off the list.
- Peterson and Cahoon are the finalists in the CFL outstanding Canadian category for next week's awards gala.
The award should go to Peterson based on numbers and intangibles.
With the fans not allowed to vote for the winner - that is handled by the Football Reporters of Canada and the head coaches - it will be interesting to see who prevails.