Paopao wants to stay

Ottawa Sun Wire Services

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Read between the lines, and you might get the impression Renegades coach Joe Paopao isn't too confident about his prospects of returning to the team next year.

Asked by the Team 1200's Dave Schreiber about his future, Paopao offered this response: "We'll deal with that after the season. I don't think it's fair to management and fair to the players (to answer). I want to coach, and I want to continue to coach.

"I've enjoyed this year here with the players. We've had our struggles. Coaching is about interacting with players in any team environment. That's what you enjoy."

Renegades president Brad Watters commented on the coaching and management situation during last Thursday's airing of Renegades Vibe on Rogers Television.

"Joe's one of the greatest guys I know, but at the end of the day, he's paid to win, and every coach on that team is paid to win," said Watters. "Every year, you can't have a winner, but you want to see some progress.

"Those are some of the questions as an organization we have to address at the end of the year."

Watters added later, "As you get later in the year and these frustrations continue to rise, you have to make the players accountable, the coaches and myself, I have to be accountable."

FRANK CLAIR JUKEBOX: The selection of music during yesterday's practice started at hard rock, but ended with soft Motown tunes. At one point, O-lineman Mike Homewood and DL Tim Fleiszer began to slug it out before teammates stepped in to break up the melee. It all happened while This Magic Moment played on the stadium loudspeakers.


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