Obie, Tillman out of GM running

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:35 PM ET

Eric Tillman isn't interested. Neither is Bob O'Billovich.

And it's business as usual, according to Forrest Gregg.

Just another strange day in Renegades land.

Club consultant Phil Kershaw issued a bizarre press release full of strange quotes attributed to GM Gregg ("That was my ghost writer," Gregg admitted) about the signing of 10 players to contracts, one day after it was learned the club had requested permission from the B.C. Lions to interview O'Billovich for Gregg's job.

Interestingly, it was Kershaw and fellow club consultant John Lisowski who were pushing Renegades owner Bernie Glieberman to hire O'Billovich and force Gregg out.

Contacted at the CFL meetings yesterday in Toronto, Gregg said he has never spoken to Glieberman about moves to oust him from his GM's job, which was added to his title of vice-president of football operations at the end of last season.

"I came to Canada for one reason, and that was to help Bernie and Lonie put this team together and be successful," said Gregg.

"I was retired and happy, and I don't need to remake my fortune. If Bernie comes to the conclusion that he needs to make a move, we'll be friends regardless. But he hasn't said anything to me and I'm here working for him."

O'BILLOVICH STAYING IN B.C.

The Lions announced the return of O'Billovich as assistant GM and director of player personnel, but O'Billovich admitted yesterday that Glieberman contacted him about Gregg's job late last week.

"My wife and I discussed the situation and we decided that maybe it was just better to continue doing what we're doing," O'Billovich said yesterday from Florida, where he's scouting NFL Europe training camps.

But a source told the Sun that O'Billovich had no interest in coming to Ottawa anyway, having been offered the position following the 2004 season by the team's previous ownership group, but then heard nothing while those owners bickered behind the scenes before selling the club to Glieberman.

As for Tillman, the former Renegades GM said he doesn't want the job either.

"The Renegades have a general manager and his name is Forrest Gregg," Tillman said yesterday from his home in Manotick.

"I have enough respect for Forrest and for the integrity of his position to have zero comment on the matter."

Tillman's been there, done that.

Two years ago, he butted heads with Lisowski, the club's former CEO, over various operational costs on the football side.

"I had been totally undermined back in 2004 and I had to deal with the indignity of people talking about being my replacement when I was still there," Tillman said.

"I would never under any circumstances do that to someone else, particularly to Forrest Gregg, who is a good person."

BANKS, MURPHY RE-SIGN

The Renegades announced the official signing of several players that had already revealed their intention of returning to Ottawa.

Among them were quarterback Kerry Joseph, defensive back Korey Banks, receiver Yo Murphy and linebacker Donnovan Carter.

Also notable was the return of veteran offensive lineman Mike Sutherland and defensive lineman Johnny Scott.

Newcomers include defensive tackles Charles Howard (Florida State) and Canary Knight (Alabama), receiver Anthony "Tiger" Jones (Louisville) and import kicker Michael Scott, who played in junior college and recently in the Arena league in California.

Gregg said Lonie Glieberman, who is rumoured to be on the verge of being ousted as team president, was expected to arrive in Toronto today for the league meetings.

Gregg also revealed the club is close to an agreement with Carleton University for training camp.

Players would stay at campus residence during camp in May and would also have team meetings and meals there, while practices would be held at Frank Clair Stadium.

The deal, however, depends on an assurance from the city that the sports bubble covering the playing field will be removed before May 15.

"We're close on that one," said Gregg. "We'll probably be making a decision on that during the next few days."

Alternate sites are CFB Petawawa and Kemptville College, which has been home to the team's camp since 2002's inaugural season.


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