Vacancies soon to be filled

BILLY POWERS

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

Reading between the lines, we can see something developing at McMahon Stadium in short order regarding the Calgary Stampeders filling those vacant coaching spots under head coach Tom Higgins.

Former nine-year Stamps assistant, Chuck McMann, resigned as the head coach of McGill University this week. And then Friday in Winnipeg, the Blue Bombers announced Mike Gibson had packed it in as their offensive co-ordinator and offensive line coach to, as they put it, "pursue other football interests." Don't be surprised then, if both of these men have Calgary addresses before the week is over.

SPECIAL FIESTA BOWL:

Home for Christmas but without a great deal of recognition was Calgary minor football product Josh Bean a young man who showed determination to get where he is today. He is back at Boise State where his Broncos can boast a win at the Fiesta Bowl in one of the most amazing games we've ever seen. In that one, they came from behind in extraordinary fashion to beat Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime. Bean, it should be noted, was a backup linebacker but a special teams leader in that contest which fulfilled a dream.

Bean played high school football at Bishop Carroll. He played two seasons with the Calgary junior Colts.

After that he was told it couldn't hurt to send out a few tapes and he dispatched several getting varied responses from junior colleges before one arrived from Boise State which he accepted in an instant.

In his first year he red-shirted and for the past three years has been a backup to an All-American Broncos star but has stood out on special teams.

He has one more year of eligibility and while he is considered to be a starter next season he knows he has a tough act to follow.

REVAMPED CLUB:

Cottonwood Golf and Country Club is getting 18 new greens for the upcoming season but owner Lyle Edwards will provide a few more treats once the snow melts. There are new aprons surrounding all of the greens, while nine new traps have been installed along with several new tee boxes. The par-five 16th hole will be shortened to make it a par-four test bringing par down from 72 to 71.


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