Renegades target GMs

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

When Renegades training camp begins in May, the club could have a new GM.

Renegades owner Bernie Glieberman is in the mood to fix things, and other members of the team's organization have contacted various candidates to gauge their interest in taking over the top football job of the foundering club.

Bob O'Billovich of the B.C. Lions and former Renegades GM Eric Tillman are viewed as the early candidates.

According to a report from Vancouver, the Renegades received permission from the Lions to speak to O'Billovich.

Renegades consultants John Lisowski and Phil Kershaw are pushing Glieberman to hire O'Billovich, B.C.'s assistant GM and director of player personnel.

What's clear is the Renegades are about to embark, once again, on a major administrative restructuring.

Last week, Glieberman flew to Ottawa from Michigan to meet with Lisowski and Kershaw, who complained to the team's owner about the team's dire situation.

OWNER RILED

Stagnant ticket sales, fan disinterest and last week's infamous radio interview current vice-president and GM Forrest Gregg gave to The Team 1200 were among their concerns.

Lisowski and Kershaw managed to rile Glieberman to the point of anger. They suggested that Gregg be given an honorary title with the club.

The changes could even affect Renegades president Lonie Glieberman, the owner's son, who may lose his title and influence during the restructuring.

"My father made it very clear to me that he wants to do whatever's best for the Renegades, the CFL and for the fans in Ottawa," Lonie said yesterday, speaking to the Sun by phone from Michigan.

WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT?

Changes are coming, but the question is who's coming in and who's going out?

As for in, Bernie Glieberman's interest is with Tillman coming back.

The former GM held the post during the team's first two seasons and established a solid foundation for the club, acquiring several key players -- notably Kerry Joseph, Josh Ranek, Jerome Haywood, Lawrence Tynes, Korey Banks, Jason Armstead and Kyries Hebert.

The main question is whether Tillman, now a CFL analyst for Rogers Sportsnet, would be interested, even with his friend John Jenkins as the new coach.

OUSTED BY LISOWSKI

Probably not if Lisowski, the team's former CEO, remains involved with the club.

Two years ago, Lisowski ousted Tillman after the former GM objected to orders to reduce the number of players on the practice roster and to carry just two quarterbacks.

One league source said the Renegades could have trouble finding anybody with extensive CFL experience willing to tackle the overwhelming challenge of resurrecting the club's football operations, which will start the 2006 season with an entirely overhauled coaching staff.

"Jesus couldn't fix it right now," the source said.


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