Business as usual for coach Jenkins

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

The last thing John Jenkins is worried about his future.

As head coach of the Ottawa Renegades, Jenkins might seem like the captain of the Titanic.

With the current ownership in the process of handing over the reins to the Canadian Football League, the team's future is unknown. The league will either find a new owner, operate it itself or shut it down.

Either way, Jenkins isn't showing any signs of concern.

Speaking yesterday in Oakville at the CFL evaluation camp of prospects for next month draft, Jenkins is looking ahead to coaching the team this season.

"Business is business and football coaching is football coaching," he said. "You look at things separately. I couldn't be more excited about the season with the coaches we've got, everything is ready to go. I couldn't be more positive about the players we've got re-signed and the free agents and (potential draft picks)."

As for the uncertainty of the team, well, Jenkins isn't new to this.

"My veteran status under these circumstances will reveal itself," Jenkins said. "I've been with a number of teams that have been through this in this league and the United States Football League. They're not getting a virgin (in this kind of situation).

"I'm sure I'll have an opportunity to talk with Commissioner (Tom) Wright and reveal what we've done in the off-season that would be positive for the whole league and the fans of Ottawa."

Jenkins isn't sure whether or not he and the coaches will be paid if the team folds. It has been a contentious issue with coaches in similar situations.

"I can't comment on that because we don't know what the nature of that (kind of situation) is," he said.

ARGOS ADD TO STAFF

Charlie Carpenter, the offensive line coach of the Argos in 1996, is returning to the team in the same capacity.

He has been coaching in Cincinnati the past three years to be close to his family and grandchildren.

Ken Miller, who had been the Argos offensive line coach, will switch to the defensive line. Paul LaPolice, who had been with the Argos as an offensive assistant coach in 2000-2001, rejoins the team as receivers coach.

LEAGUE IN MOURNING

Friends and co-workers of B.C. Lions assistant general manager Bob O'Billovich and his wife Judy are mourning the death of their daughter-in-law Kam, who died suddenly this week of a stroke at the age of 32. She leaves behind her husband, Coy, and nine-month-old daughter, Quinn.


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