CFL calls for new vote

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Danny Maciocia may have won the Grey Cup, but it may not be enough to win the Canadian Football League Coach of the Year honours.

An interesting little change occurred yesterday when the CFL asked the 51-member Football Reporters of Canada to submit its final selection for coach of the year, even though the final three had been announced and supposedly the winner had been decided and would be announced at a gala affair in Toronto on Feb. 23.

The trio included Maciocia, the first-year coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders' Tom Higgins and the Argos' Mike (Pinball) Clemons, who became a finalist for the fourth consecutive year. He didn't win it the first three times and it's expected he'll be shut out again. Higgins is the frontrunner based on taking the Stamps from a league-low 4-14 record in 2004 under a different regime to an 11-7, second-place finish in the regular season.

And it's because the CFL believed there may have been some confusion that the award is based on the regular season and not the year-end result -- even though the first phase of the voting began after the Grey Cup -- that there will be another vote.

Polls on two websites -- the CFL.ca and Ticats. ca -- had Maciocia the top choice, while a third --13thman.com -- had Higgins on top.

But it will be decided by the Football Reporters of Canada, who will be asked to begin future voting once the regular season ends to avoid any confusion.


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