Renegades add Harris for D-Line

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

The Renegades defence is getting another new coach. The fourth-year CFL team will announce early next week the hiring of Richard Harris as its defensive line coach. He has spent the past four seasons as the B.C. Lions defensive line coach.

In 2004, the Lions permitted the fewest number of rushing touchdowns, rushing first downs and net yards rushing, and the lowest average rushing yards allowed per game in the CFL.

Harris, who played eight seasons in the NFL after becoming the fifth overall pick in the 1971 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, will join former Rough Riders great Greg Marshall as newcomers to the Renegades coaching staff.

It's believed B.C. will replace Harris with former Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Dave Ritchie.

Harris, who spent three years on the Eagles defensive line, also played two seasons with the Chicago Bears and another three with the Seattle Seahawks. A Grambling University graduate, the 56-year-old Harris started his coaching career in the semi-pro Northwest Football League 21 years ago.

He coached in the Indoor Professional Football League with the Portland Prowlers, who he took to a championship game.

Like Marshall, Harris is a married father of four.

Renegades coach Joe Paopao is expected to introduce his entire staff -- including Harris, Marshall and holdover Kani Kauahi -- tomorrow or Tuesday.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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