Renegades meet with Nats VP

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

Renegades minority owner Bill Smith met with Bob Nicholson at a restaurant in suburban Toronto yesterday to speak about the team and its CEO vacancy.

"It was a nice chat," said Smith. "We talked about what he was doing now and what his thoughts were about the Renegades."

Nicholson, the VP of finance with baseball's Washington Nationals and former president of the Toronto Argonauts, is the prime candidate to take over the business operations of the Renegades, vacated last week by Lonie Glieberman.

"Nothing was decided one way or the other," said Smith. "We talked generalities and about his background, and I spoke about my thoughts on what we needed to get done in Ottawa."

Landing Nicholson would be considered a coup for the Renegades, who are in dire need of a superior administrator on the business side.

Nicholson would also provide a good fit with Eric Tillman, who is being courted by Smith and majority owner Bernie Glieberman to take over the team's football operations.

Tillman and Nicholson worked together with the Argos and were part of a Grey Cup winner in 1997.

"We'll digest what we talked about and I'll be speaking to Bob again next week," said Smith. "No offer is on the table and no offer has been made, but we think he's a great candidate."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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