Burratto's name pops up, but Maciocia, Marshall top list

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The new head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos is likely to be announced sooner rather than later and is unlikely to be a 61-year-old being promoted by no-credibility media reports yesterday. There is every reason to believe that Eskimo assistants Greg Marshall and Danny Maciocia remain the two leading candidates to replace Tom Higgins, not B.C. Lions' assistant Steve Burratto.

The Eskimos, there is every indication, have now completed their initial interview process - including taking trips to the airport this week to talk to candidates flown in and out of town with the meetings taking place between flights.

Other interviews took place at the Grey Cup game in Ottawa.

Ottawa head coach Joe Paopao, Toronto assistants Rich Stubler and Kent Austin, Saskatchewan assistants Richie Hall and Marcel Bellefeuille and Calgary assistant Dennis Creehan are all known to have interviewed for the job.

But, according to a Calgary Sun report, the Calgary Stampeders will announce today defensive co-ordinator Creehan has signed a one-year contract extension, taking him out of the mix.

"We have interviewed a dozen credible candidates from both inside and outside our organization,'' said Esks' COO Rick LeLacheur.

"We have not made a decision.

"We are going to have more discussions with a set number of candidates. Then there will be a discussion between Hugh and myself,'' he said of CEO Hugh Campbell.

"When we are confident we have the right person and are able to do a deal with that person, we'll make the announcement. It might be this week, next week, Christmas Eve or in the New Year.''


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