Will Ticats' coach be back?

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:28 AM ET

HAMILTON - Tiger-Cats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille will be in Vancouver to support Chris Williams, plans on attending the Vanier Cup and is returning on Grey Cup Sunday.

Ask him about anything beyond this weekend and Bellefeuille can’t be as certain.

And that includes his future.

As of Tuesday, when Bellefeuille conducted his exit meetings with players, no discussions with management had been held.

What’s known is that Bellefeuille is signed through next season, but that doesn’t guarantee future employment.

Nothing can be assumed when so much can happen in the Hammer this coming off-season, including the potential coaching change.

“You don’t assume anything in coaching,” he said. “You just keep doing your job. At the appropriate time, those things (decisions) get dealt with.”

In his third season with Ticats, Bellefeuille took heat for his handling of quarterbacks Kevin Glenn and Quinton Porter, was singled out by departed receiver Maurice Mann as not being veteran friendly, but he did help the team win its first playoff game in 10 years.

The trade of Mann to Toronto and Arland Bruce to B.C. turned Hamilton’s receiving unit into a young and inexperienced group.

Williams, who is up for top rookie, didn’t exactly distinguish himself in two post-season games, while Bakari Grant, another rookie, was stellar in Hamilton’s 52-44 overtime win over Montreal in the East semi.

Bellefeuille likes the team’s young nucleus and believes the best way to achieve consistency is through continuity in personnel.

But there are those who insist a stronger voice is required from the head coach and a new voice.


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