Taman staying put

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

Brendan Taman will not be heading to Steeltown anytime soon.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats president Scott Mitchell yesterday asked Winnipeg Blue Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer for permission to speak with Taman about the Tabbies' vacant GM position, but Bauer denied the request.

"Why would I say yes?" Bauer asked. "If they called for Milt Stegall, Terrence Edwards or Doug Brown, what would I say?"

If you think that's a ringing endorsement of Taman's work, you would be correct. Taman, who has a year left on his contract, has rebuilt the Bombers into a contender, and Bauer wants to keep the engine purring.

"Brendan has a proven track record here in bringing talent. All you gotta do is look at this year," Bauer said. "You can also look at the rookies of the year and the runners-up and other star players he's brought in.

"He's done a good job here."

There was speculation Taman might want to get out after nine years in Winnipeg, considering local businessman David Asper is poised to take private control of the club and would have the final say on all personnel.

It's believed any fears Taman might have had about Asper shaking up the front office have been alleviated.

Taman, who didn't return calls last night, said on Monday that he wants to finish what he started in Winnipeg. Coming so close in Sunday's 23-19 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- with backup quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie at the controls, no less -- likely made his desire to win even stronger.

Bauer informed Taman he would deny Mitchell's request even before Mitchell called to ask for permission.

"I don't believe Brendan wants to leave," Bauer said. "There's some very good things going on with our football team right now. There's a great feeling in the locker-room, at the head coach level. There are some things we need to do and change a few things.

"We fell short, but we fell short without our No. 1 quarterback, and I don't think too many people can be faulted for that."

CFL clubs usually grant permission for a coach or GM to be interviewed by another team, but only if it's for a promotion.

The Hamilton position wouldn't be a step up Taman's career ladder, and you can bet the Bombers weren't interested in helping out a division foe.


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