Reed set to stay with Hamilton

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

Kavis Reed's contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats expired yesterday.

But don't be in any hurry to pencil in the 32-year-old Reed as the Edmonton Eskimos' defensive coordinator.

"We have an agreement that he will be back (as defensive co-ordinator)," said Ticats' head coach Greg Marshall. "(The Esks) may have talked to him but he's coming back to Hamilton.

"We are planning on having him come into town on the weekend. At that time we'll formally do the contract and all that stuff for next year."

Reed, meanwhile, was not returning calls yesterday. Esks head coach Danny Maciocia said he talked to Reed regarding the Green and Gold's vacant defensive coordinator's position but did so only briefly.

Maciocia has also contacted Don Wnek, who held the offensive coordinator's job in Montreal, and ex-Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Dave Ritchie.

Mike Roach, a victim of the recent coaching purge in Calgary, is another possible candidate for the position.

Despite reports indicating Ritchie is poised to join his old friend Wally Buono in Vancouver, Maciocia says that's not the case.

"I've spoken to Dave a couple of times and he did tell me that was not a done deal when I spoke to him," said Maciocia. "A lot can change in 24 hours but it's not a done deal."

Edmonton's rookie head coach plans to conduct a thorough search and interview several candidates before filling the position.

"I'm really going to take my time with this," Maciocia said. "I want to take my time and make sure we've got the right guy. It's not only knowing Xs and Os. It's also being able to interact with the rest of the staff."


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