Three more walk plank

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders' housecleaning continued last night as Tom Higgins announced three members of last season's football operations won't have their contracts renewed.

Director of Canadian personnel Miles Gorrell, offensive line coach Carl Brennan and secondary coach Mike Roach were shown the door as part of the sweeping changes under new management.

"This is worse than letting players go," Higgins said. "Players come in and are competing and can see it for themselves.

"But when you are ready to make a decision, it's very unfair not to pull the trigger."

Gorrell's fate was essentially sealed when Jim Barker was hired as the general manager of player personnel Friday. The former Stamps coach will have a similar role as Gorrell.

Higgins wanted a fresh start with the coaching staff and that meant relieving Brennan and Roach of their jobs, although the senior VP of football operations is open to re-hiring Roach in a different role.

"I know Mike and I've coached with him. In my mind, it was time to go in a different direction," Higgins said.

"Carl is a very good offensive line coach and was put into a tough situation last year.

"When you put into place the next couple pieces of the puzzle, you have to let people know if they're part of the plan or not part of the plan. He wasn't part of the plan.

"None of them are walking away embarrassed because it's not an easy situation to be put in."

Higgins hasn't yet made a decision on Craig Dickenson, who was an assistant coach in 2004. He's also getting closer to announcing an offensive co-ordinator.

The head coach foresees having three position coaches on either side of the ball -- including co-ordinators -- with one member of that staff acting as special teams boss.


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