If the Hamilton Tiger-Cats come calling, Charlie Taaffe will tell them he has more than a bit of interest in returning to the CFL as a head coach.
The CFL's coach of the year with the Montreal Alouettes in 1999 and 2000, Taaffe said yesterday he is intrigued by the Ticats job, which will be filled by interim coach Ron Lancaster for the rest of the season after Greg Marshall was fired on Monday.
Taaffe, who has been mentioned as one of the top candidates for the Ticats job, resigned as offensive co-ordinator at the University of Maryland in February after five years with the hopes of landing a head coaching job in the NCAA. But while he has had some sniffs, the Maryland resident is prepared to sit on the sidelines for the 2006 season, leaving him open to join the Ticats in 2007.
"I'd certainly have an interest," said Taaffe, adding he has not been contacted by the Ticats. "I know having played there, it's a football town. It's like anything else, if you win they are going to support you."
Taaffe left the CFL for more money in the U.S., but loves the Canadian pro league.
"I have never ruled out the possibility of returning to the CFL if the opportunity was right," Taaffe said. "When I was in the CFL, Hamilton was very strong. I know Ron Lancaster very well and he knows the league as well as anybody. If that opportunity arose, I'd certainly be interested enough to listen and find out about the job."