Creehan commits to Stamps

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Denny Creehan's three-four defence could stick around for another three seasons.

The Calgary Stampeders assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator signed a three-year contract extension with the team yesterday, although the deal includes an out clause if a head coaching position becomes available elsewhere.

If Creehan leaves the Stamps, it won't be just for money as the extension was more than fair, according to Creehan.

"It was a real nice offer to keep me around," Creehan said about the deal.

"I appreciated it. I really like the organization, I like the people and I like the city. I like coaching the players we have. All the things I wanted out of a contract, this one had it.

"It was a pretty good deal as coaches contracts go. If I was going to be an assistant coach, this is where I wanted to be."

There is still a chance the Winnipeg Blue Bombers could come calling. Bombers GM Brendan Taman has started interviewing coaching candidates to replace Jim Daley, starting with Joe Paopao and Greg Marshall, both formerly of the Ottawa Renegades, and Roughriders defensive co-ordinator Richie Hall.

Taman has requested to talk to Creehan and received permission from the Stamps but, as of last night, hasn't made contact with the defensive specialist.

Creehan has long stated his goal is to eventually become a CFL head coach and a succession plan is in place for him to succeed Tom Higgins in Calgary eventually but not until at least after the 2006 season.


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