Hall: 'It's a small world'

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

Richie Hall said he has nothing more to prove.

After getting passed over by Eric Tillman for the head coaching job in Regina, the Edmonton Eskimos sideline boss said nothing changes now that Tillman is on board as his new general manager.

"It's a small world, you learn that in a hurry," said Hall. "I've learned that a lot since I left college. Things happen for a reason. You don't always understand the reasons, but I believe they happen for a reason.

"We have an opportunity here, we are reunited here in Edmonton. We're a struggling football team and we both have the same desires and wishes for our team to improve and make the playoffs and go forward as far as we can."

But to make his pursuit of becoming a CFL head coach possible, Hall had to leave Regina.

"I don't feel like I have anything to prove to anyone," Hall said. "It's go out there and do the job the best that you can.

"It's an unconditional state of mind. Whether it's Danny Maciocia or it's Eric Tillman, my job description doesn't change and my desire to be the best coach that I can possibly be doesn't change. It doesn't matter who the general manager is; the motivation and the drive comes within me."

Tillman was in Hall's corner before ever coming to Edmonton.

"He's been very encouraging, especially my first year," Hall said.

"He was constantly sending me texts as far as offering support and encouragement to hang in there.

"When we started stumbling out of the gates this year, (he kept) offering those words of encouragement. That meant a lot to me because it was something he didn't have to do.

"We all have our own situations that we experience in life, but he took enough of himself to offer that encouragement to me. I very much appreciate it."


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