CFL notes: Etcheverry quits Roughriders

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:02 PM ET

Gary Etcheverry has resigned as defensive assistant coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders just six days before the opening of rookie training camp.

"Gary expressed his desire to pursue business opportunities outside of football (because of family commitments)," Riders vice-president of football operations Ken Miller said Thursday.

"While the timing is unfortunate, we understand that this opportunity is what's best for Gary and his family."

Etcheverry spent three seasons coaching with the Riders, the past two as defensive co-ordinator. He lost his co-ordinator's position to Richie Hall this year.

Head coach Greg Marshall said he would take his time finding a replacement.

Ticat Mariuz retires

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Ray Mariuz, 30, announced his retirement Thursday after eight CFL seasons.

He played the past five seasons with the Ticats after three years and one Grey Cup championship with the Toronto Argonauts.

Mariuz was nominated as the Ticats' most outstanding Canadian in 2008 and has served as a special teams captain for the past four seasons.

"Walking away from the game that I love was a difficult decision, but I believe it to be the right one for my family and I," the native of Mississauga, Ont., said.

He is embarking on a career in real estate.

Als add locals

The Montreal Alouettes have reached contract deals with their second- and fourth-round picks, offensive tackle Anthony Barrette and defensive lineman Renaldo Sagesse, general manager Jim Popp said Thursday.

"It is a great day for the Alouettes nation when we can draft and sign local talent," Popp said of the two Montrealers.

Popp also signed non-import free agent defensive back Jeff Hecht to a two-year contract, along with import defensive ends Erik Clanton and Alan-Michael Cash.

A fresh draft

The CFL will hold its supplemental Canadian draft Monday for players who didn't receive official non-import status until after the regular draft.

Eligible players include defensive lineman Alex Ellis of Wilfrid Laurier, linebacker Stephen Inman of Tabor College, defensive lineman Ted Laurent of Mississippi and wide receiver Kito Poblah of Central Michigan.


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