Maciocia fits bill

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Eventually the Montreal Alouettes are going to be in the market for a head coach.

Whether Don Matthews exits on his own terms or somebody else's, when that happens, a draft Danny Maciocia campaign spearheaded by the Montreal media is a foregone conclusion.

It would, after all, be the perfect ending to a Cinder-fella story for the rookie Edmonton Eskimos head coach.

"I can just imagine with the French media if something were to ever come up," said Maciocia with a grin. "My name would probably circulate down there and that's fine. I'm flattered by all that."

Tim Fleiszer grew up in Montreal and understands how the media in Canada's Island City works as well as how fickle it can be.

OBVIOUS CHOICE

Still, Maciocia's name being floated as the next head coach of the Als at some point would come as no surprise to the Esks' defensive end and one of three former Larks recruited by Maciocia this off-season.

"People over there are very supportive of him and are looking to see him do well," offered the Harvard-educated Fleiszer, who played for Maciocia as a 19-year-old.

How supportive, you wonder?

"My rapport with the media in Montreal is awesome," related Maciocia. "After we won our first game the number of phone calls that I received the following day was mind-boggling.

"A few of them were from the Montreal media. I feel like I've got a lot of support there. It's probably because I'm a local guy and I understand that."

But while the plot line of local kid makes good and returns to coach his hometown CFL squad could make for great copy, sound bites and television, Maciocia isn't going anywhere. At least, not for the foreseeable future.

THREE-YEAR DEAL

The 38-year-old is in the first year of a three-year deal he inked after taking over from Tom Higgins last December.

"I love it here," Maciocia explained.

"If you think about a lot of the things we did in the off-season, a lot of these guys came here because I got on the phone.

"I don't know if I want to leave and play against them. (COO) Rick LeLacheur and (president and CEO) Hugh Campbell have been real good to me."

Even if there was an offer too good to refuse, Maciocia has no escape clause in his current contract that would allow him to leave town.

"I'm in," he said. "But because I'm such a loyal individual, when an organization like the Edmonton Eskimos turns around and says, 'We'd like you to be our head coach,' how can you possibly say I'll do it under the condition I have an escape clause?"

MEDIA FRENZY

Maciocia being mobbed by the Montreal media is nothing new.

But the glare of the Montreal media spotlight will be even more intense tomorrow by virtue of Maciocia's status as the first Quebec-born head coach in CFL history.


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