Buratto willing to talk

DAN TOTH, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

Steve Buratto, one of several candidates for the Stampeders vacant offensive co-ordinator job, says he has yet to be contacted by Tom Higgins. Higgins, hired Friday as head coach and senior VP of football operations, has a 20-year friendship with Buratto, dating back to when they both worked in Calgary.

"I gave Tom his first job in the CFL (in '85)," Buratto, 61, said yesterday from his Vancouver home.

"He hasn't contacted me but I'm willing to talk to anybody."

Buratto was head coach in Calgary colours in 1984 and '85, part of a quarter-century coaching odyssey through the CFL West Division.

Unlike other CFL assistants under contract until the end of this month, Buratto is free to move on.

He served as offensive co-ordinator with the Lions the past two seasons after also serving as head coach, including a Grey Cup season in 2000.

He left the team after last season.

Buratto said he last chatted with Higgins a month ago, not long after the former Edmonton Eskimos head coach was forced to step down despite winning the Grey Cup the previous season.

"We talked about what's going on and the hazards of winning a Grey Cup," Buratto mused.

"I'm still interested (in coaching).

"Calgary's a city I enjoyed. I might give (Higgins) a call to see if he's interested in me.

"I've coached every position and been co-ordinator on both sides of the ball."


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