Obie turns down Renegades offer

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:31 PM ET

Bob O'Billovich played in Ottawa and worked as an assistant coach the last time the organization won the Grey Cup, but he has no desire to join the Renegades.

O'Billovich rejected an opportunity to leave his job as player-personnel director with the B.C. Lions to come back to Ottawa as its head of football operations. Renegades' majority owner Bernie Glieberman received permission from the Lions to talk to O'Billovich. The Lions indicated in a media release yesterday that O'Billovich is staying put.

The Renegades' general manager is Forrest Gregg, who has come under heavy criticism in Ottawa because of the belief he has lost touch with player personnel. He rejoined the football world last year for the first time in 10 years.

Moreover, Gregg caused a controversy last week in a shaky radio interview in Ottawa, including forgetting the name of the team's starting quarterback, Kerry Joseph.

Glieberman and his son, Lonie, who is the team's president, overhauled the Renegades football operations after last season, firing head coach Joe Paopao and his staff. Gregg hired flamboyant John Jenkins as his head coach, a move that caused quite a stir. Jenkins has never been a CFL head coach, although he has worked as an offensive co-ordinator for several teams.

Some Ottawa-area consultants who are close to the Gliebermans have urged them to remove Gregg from his current role and re-assign him in the organization.

The obvious name to replace him is Eric Tillman, who had been the Renegades GM when Ottawa re-surfaced in the Canadian Football League in 2003 after the franchise collapsed following the 1996 season.


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