Renegades coaches sacked

The Ottawa Renegades are clearing house, dumping John Jenkins and the rest of his coaching staff...

The Ottawa Renegades are clearing house, dumping John Jenkins and the rest of his coaching staff after the team was put up for sale by Bernie Glieberman and Bill Smith. (Ottawa Sun File/Jason Ransom)

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Renegades coach John Jenkins and his coaching staff have been blitzed.

Sources told the Sun last night that Jenkins and his staff have been told to pack their belongings and vacate the team's football building at Frank Clair Stadium.

In effect, Jenkins has been fired without coaching a game. And he has been told that he will not coach the Renegades under any of the possible scenarios. They are:

- A suspension of operations for the 2006 season while a new owner is found.

- A league takeover where the franchise remains operating with the financial aid of the eight other teams.

- A new owner is found who will keep the team in Ottawa and somehow manage to get it operational and on the field.

A source said, "It's D-Day."

Jenkins, hired just days after the end of the 2005 CFL regular season, learned of his fate during last weekend's evaluation camp in Toronto for the Canadian draft.

He attended with VP of football operations and GM Forrest Gregg, and assistant coaches Steve Kasor, Darryl Edralin and Richard Wade.

Several other Renegades coaches, including defensive co-ordinator Rod Rust, have had their travel arrangements from the U.S. to Ottawa cancelled. Jenkins was in Toronto last night and could not be reached for comment. It's believed the league will begin takeover operations as early as today.

A team of auditors will enter the Renegades offices, with the permission of outgoing majority owner Bernie Glieberman. One week ago, league commissioner Tom Wright announced that Glieberman and minority owner Bill Smith had agreed to sell the Renegades.

"It's looking like it's imploding right now," said a source. "The league called up Bernie and they wanted to come in. Pretty soon, the place is going to be locked down and owned by the league."

With CFL training camps set to begin in less than two months and no coaching staff in place, only a miracle could get the Renegades on the field for the upcoming season.

In perhaps his final, unofficial act as coach, Jenkins will participate in a "town hall" meeting during tonight's A-Channel newscast.


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