Eskies eye Creehan

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

The brains behind the Calgary Stampeders' respected defence may be on the verge of becoming head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos.

Stamps defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan is on a short list of candidates that includes Eskimos offensive and defensive co-ordinators, Danny Maciocia and Greg Marshall.

"I know Edmonton is talking to him because when I was at Grey Cup (Esks president) Hugh Campbell told me they were," confirmed Stamps owner Michael Feterik.

"We hope Denny stays -- he's a great defensive-minded coach. I know (Stamps GM-coach) Matt (Dunigan) has a contract on the table for him and I hope he signs it here shortly. We want to keep him. He's still under contract to us (until the end of January) but Matt did give them permission to talk to him. If he can get a better position, you've got to let somebody go."

As part of a 33-year coaching career that includes stops at 10 U.S. colleges, Creehan spent three years in Edmonton (1985, '86 and '91) as special teams coach.

The Eskimos are searching for someone to replace Tom Higgins, who resigned after losing the West semifinal.


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