Another former Ottawa Rough Riders president is now a Renegade, the Sun has learned.
Phil Kershaw, who sat in the president's chair when Bruce Firestone owned the Riders in 1994, will join the Renegades front office staff with a still-to-be-determined title today. His responsibilities will revolve around the sale of corporate sponsorship, duties also being handled by former Renegades president Brad Watters.
"Obviously, we knew Phil when we were in the league before," team president Lonie Glieberman said last night in confirming the hiring. "He has a strong knowledge of the Ottawa market."
The Renegades are also adding another familiar name in Ricky Bowness, son of former Ottawa Senators coach Rick Bowness. He will also be dealing with corporate sponsorship, but on a smaller scale.
ON BANKS STREET: Say this about Korey Banks -- he sure doesn't stink. But he's working on it. "In my mind, regardless of one pick, seven picks or 200 picks, I always feel like I'm the best when I step out there," said the Renegades star, who yesterday won his second defensive player of the week award (and accompanying DVD player) for his league-leading (and game turning) seventh interception -- plus a pair of pass knockdowns and a forced fumble --in Ottawa's 22-17 win over Saskatchewan last Thursday. "If you don't feel that way, who's going to fear you? I want people to fear me. Just like you're supposed to fear (B.C. Lions WR) Geroy Simon and (Edmonton Eskimos WR) Ed Hervey and all those other big names. I want them to know who I am. I want people, when they're watching film, to say: 'You've got Banks, you just can't loaf over there. You've got to come to play.' "I want to leave my trademark. I want to be like a skunk. Wherever I go my smell's going to stay." Banks thanked those who acknowledged his efforts with the award, saying he plans to do everything he can to make sure it's not his last. "It means a lot to me, something to hang on my wall and add to my little trophy thing," he said. "My goal is to have everyone on our defence to win one. And I want to win more. I'm not ready to stop there. If Bill Gates stopped at just thinking about building that chip for the computer, he would have just been Bill Gates. He thought ahead of time." But how many interceptions did Bill Gates ever have? "He had zero picks, but he had the formula for success," said Banks. "I don't know what he did to keep that computer on, but something worked."
FOR KICKS: A recurring groin injury will keep PK Matt Kellett out of the lineup this week -- and maybe a few more. "Looks like we'll go with Mark (Irvin)," coach Joe Paopao said of the Orleans native who kicked for the Renegades when Kellett missed the last two games. "Matt hasn't taken a kick ... we'll probably rest it, give him one or two or three weeks, whatever he needs. The break is coming at a good time." ... Shaun Suisham probably isn't about to appear on their doorstep any time real soon, either. The Renegades' third pick in the 2004 Canadian college draft booted a 46-yard field goal in helping the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-31 in NFL pre-season action Monday night. Suisham still faces long odds in unseating incumbent Jeff Reed, who signed a five-year multi-million dollar contract with the Steelers last March. But he just may have earned himself a look from another NFL team should the Steelers cut him. "To do it under the lights, on TV, shows he can get the job done. We knew he could," said Paopao, who will invite Suisham to Ottawa once he decides he has exhausted his NFL options.