OTTAWA - A couple of hours after the Saskatchewan Roughriders hoisted the Grey Cup, more than 2,600 km away from Reginaís big green bender, the Ottawa RedBlacks were open for business.
Part of that business is hiring the teamís first coach; the other part is putting together a roster. When the clock struck midnight, the RedBlacks officially joined the CFL and became eligible to sign players. Expect those signings to begin this week.
The RedBlacks will continue to interview coaches this week and probably next. While RedBlacks GM Marcel Desjardins wonít discuss any specific candidates, two of the guys who have been talked about ó Argos defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones (who is rumoured to be joining Edmonton as head coach) and Stampeders offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson (who it appears will stay in Calgary) ó are not on their shortlist. While itís not necessary that a coach be in place in time for the CFL expansion draft on Dec. 16, itís certainly something the GM would like to have.