Backs coach is cutting class

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders noticed all the back-to-school specials going on and grabbed a deal of their own.

Head coach Tom Higgins promoted quality control coach Gino DiVincentis to running backs coach for the remainder of the season, meaning the high school teacher will not return to St. Francis until the winter semester.

All the Stamps had to do to retain DiVincentis, who led the Browns to back-to-back provincial Tier I titles the past two seasons, was to pay his salary from the school board.

DiVincentis was working with the club in a volunteer capacity since training camp started, while special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson took care of the running backs.

But with special teams taking up much of Dickenson's time, Higgins decided to hand backs duty to DiVincentis, who was set to go back to school after Labour Day. DiVincentis, who has worked with local high school teams since 1987, couldn't be more excited.

"Being around guys like (quarterbacks coach) Bill Diedrick and (offensive co-ordinator) Steve Buratto ... wow, they know what they're doing," said DiVincentis, who shares an office with both coaches. "To be working next to those guys is amazing."

The move means DiVincentis can give Joffrey Reynolds, Ronney Jenkins, Tony Stallings and Scott Deibert extra attention.

EXTRA POINTS: Stamps C Jamie Crysdale practised this week and is set to return for Labour Day, while head coach Tom Higgins expects to have more bodies in the secondary available. HB Joey Boese, CB Ben Kelly and DB Pascal Masson will all practise this week and could return to action ... The Stamps have signed WR Kori Dickerson to the practice roster. Dickerson was a recent cut of the Cincinnati Bengals and offers a big target (6 ft. 5 in., 240 lb.) ... As of last night, there were less than 1,200 tickets remaining for the Labour Day Classic.


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