Post-Paopao era may be underway

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Apparently, John Jenkins is already assembling a football staff for the Renegades in 2006.

A source working for another CFL team told the Sun yesterday that Jenkins, hired by the club as its director of U.S. scouting in the summer, approached him during a recent game about working in Ottawa next year.

"He was dead serious," said the source, who requested anonymity. "He said he was taking over in Ottawa and wanted to know if I'd go and work there."

Jenkins could take over as head coach of the Renegades in the likely scenario Joe Paopao doesn't return next year.

If the Renegades win their last two games and reach eight victories, the club would be obliged to keep Paopao as coach or pay him the value of the final year of the deal, which is a more likely scenario. But a loss in either game would mean the club has no obligation to Paopao beyond the end of the season.

Paopao, coaching the Renegades for a fourth year, negotiated the eight-win clause in his contract with former club president Brad Watters last winter.

The hiring of Jenkins last July was viewed as a sure sign that Renegades management, headed by owners Bernie and Lonie Glieberman, were considering changes in the coaching staff.

The club made its first move last month when Chris McRobbie, a friend of Paopao's, lost his job as director of player personnel.

Jenkins served as offensive co-ordinator on Matt Dunigan's staff in Calgary last season, but lost his job in mid-season after a loss by the Stampeders in Ottawa.

Since joining Ottawa, Jenkins has assembled a group of contacts south of the border who have visited NFL camps for castoffs who could play for the Renegades.

LAW & ORDER: Police in Hamilton continue an investigation into a scuffle early Saturday morning between Tiger-Cats fans and two Renegades coaches. Defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall and defensive line coach Richard Harris were involved in an altercation at a downtown Hamilton restaurant following a game Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Police received complaints of assault from two men, aged 21 and 20. "There were minor injuries," said Sgt. Carol Pacey of the Hamilton police. "We need to find out if an assault actually occurred. It might have been a case of a consensual altercation."

ARGOS COURTED D.J.: Former Renegades FB Darren Joseph has chosen police over pigskin. The Argos contacted the Ottawa native last week after injuries sidelined RBs John Avery and Sean Millington. But as much as the offer was enticing, Joseph declined because he couldn't get time off from his new job as an Ottawa cop. "If I was working anywhere else, I absolutely would have gone," he said. "The Argos are doing so well now and I played there for four years. It would have been a good fit, but it's time to move on and I'm really enjoying my job now."

WOODCOCK OUT: Receiver Pat Woodcock will miss tomorrow's game against the Alouettes with injured ligaments in his ribs after taking a late hit during last Friday's game from the Tiger-Cats' Tay Cody. "For him to even take a shot, we can't take that chance," Paopao said. David Azzi will take Woodcock's spot on the roster. The other changes for tomorrow's game: DB Sean Weston for DB Quincy Coleman; DB Bo Rogers for Da'Shann Austin; and LB Gerald Vaughn for LB Robert Grant, who's out for the season with torn knee ligaments. "He brings so much to this team psychologically," said Paopao of Vaughn. "He's such an upbeat guy, and that helps us."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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