Higgins expected to get ball

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Tom Higgins is expected to be introduced as Calgary Stampeders' new director of football operations at a press conference today.

Sources say the former Edmonton Eskimos head coach will be officially handed the reins of the Red and White by the team's new ownership group.

A source also indicated former Stampeders player Darrell Moir (1979-85) will be hired for an administrative role -- possibly president -- and former Stampeders president Stan Schwartz could also return to the front-office lineup.

The expected moves come one day after the new 12-member ownership group -- led by former Stamp John Forzani, businessman Ted Hellard and lawyer Doug Mitchell -- cleaned house, firing president-CEO Ron Rooke and head coach/GM Matt Dunigan.

Both had two years remaining on their contracts.

"We were after experience and the experience just wasn't there," said Forzani, explaining the reason for the dismissals.

Higgins, who resigned as Eskimos head coach after last season, has plenty of experience.

In 2003, he was named the CFL coach of the year after leading the Eskimos to a Grey Cup victory over Montreal.

The Colonia, N.J., native spent four seasons as Eskimos GM and chief operating officer.

Higgins got his start as a CFL coach as an assistant with the Stampeders (1985-93).

One rumour yesterday suggested Higgins will promote Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan to the head coaching position.

"I've had some talks with some people but there's no agreement in place," Creehan said last night from Florida, where he is scouting.


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