Chapdelaine heads over the mountains

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

Jacques Chapdelaine is moving across the Rocky Mountains to Edmonton, but he could have landed atop Burnaby Mountain.

Edmonton Eskimos hired Chapdelaine Monday to be assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Chapdelaine was offensive coordinator for the Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions.

The Esks received approval last Friday to interview Chapdelaine, who was also contacted by a prominent ex-Simon Fraser University football player.

Glen Orris, a high-profile Vancouver defence lawyer, approached Chapdelaine last Friday about the vacant SFU coaching position. Clan head coach Frank Boehres quit Dec. 7 after the Clan lost all eight 2006 games.

"He represented a group of people who wanted to see me express interest in the opportunity," Chapdelaine told 24 hours. "I never really got anything from the university itself."

A call to Orris' law office was not returned.

Chapdelaine, a receiver, was drafted by the Lions out of SFU in 1983 and later coached the Laval Rouge et Or to their 1999 Vanier Cup title.

He drove to Portland Friday to watch daughter Kaela play a Saturday basketball game with the University of Oregon Ducks. Instead of waiting for a formal SFU offer, Chapdelaine flew to Edmonton Sunday to accept the job.

Lions' offensive line coach Dan Dorazio and quarterbacks coach Steff Kruck are likely to succeed Chapdelaine as co-offensive co-ordinators.


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