Roughriders coach Corey Chamblin's long road to Regina

Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin at the coaches' news conference Tuesday in Regina. (Reuters)

Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin at the coaches' news conference Tuesday in Regina. (Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

REGINA - So how does a kid from Alabama, who had never heard of Saskatchewan, end up coaching in the Grey Cup? Corey Chamblin laughs out loud as he begins to tell his story.

He was unemployed, desperate for work in football at the Senior Bowl, where everybody looks for jobs, when he ran into one of his old agents from his playing days sitting at the hotel bar.

His agent gave him a scoop — Winnipeg was looking for a defensive backs coach.

“And I’m like, ‘Where the hell is Winnipeg?’

“But you know what, I’m down here in the States and man, I need a job.”

Small world that football is, Chamblin called one of his college coaches, Chris Jones from Tennessee Tech, the same Chris Jones who may have won the Argos the 100th Grey Cup last year as defensive coordinator, and asked him: “Do you know anybody in Winnipeg?”

Jones drawled his answer: “Hell, yeah. Doug Berry (then head coach) is one of my best friends.”

He added, “I’ll get you an interview.”


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