Eskimos have their first African American GM-head coach tandem

Eskimos GM Ed Hervey, left, and Kavis Reed may be the team's first African American GM-head coach...

Eskimos GM Ed Hervey, left, and Kavis Reed may be the team's first African American GM-head coach duo but they are, says Reed, football guys first. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:47 PM ET

EDMONTON - It will be a first for the Edmonton Eskimos, but it’s hardly the first thing that comes to mind.

When training camp kicks off the 2013 CFL season this weekend, the club will open a new chapter in its history, with an African American combination at head coach and general manager for the first time.

But the most remarkable thing about it is just how unremarkably much a non-story the ethnic backgrounds of Kavis Reed and Ed Hervy are.

“And it shouldn’t be a story,” said Reed, whose predecessor, Richie Hall, became the Eskimos’ first African American head coach heading into the 2009 season. “Because it’s about people being in place and doing a certain job that is expected of them. I think we are football guys, first and foremost, and we look at it as being football guys.

“It doesn’t matter how deep our tan is, we’re still about the Xs and Os and about having the Jimmys and the Joes.”


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