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RedBlacks assistant GM Brock Sunderland doesn't mind the long hours it takes to put together a...

RedBlacks assistant GM Brock Sunderland doesn't mind the long hours it takes to put together a team. He loves the atmosphere and the excitement of being involved with a CFL expansion franchise. (Tim Baines/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:40 PM ET

OTTAWA - Piecing together the parts for a CFL expansion franchise is anything but a 9 to 5 job.

Being able to think without much sleep one of those left-unsaid qualifications built into the job description for football operations people.

RedBlacks assistant GM Brock Sunderland doesn't mind. He's been in the NFL, as a scout with the New York Jets, and he's worked with the Montreal Alouettes, but like the rest of the fired-up RedBlacks football ops employees who are working out of a temporary office on Industrial Ave, he's excited to be part of this liftoff.

Having a team from the start up it's rare you're ever going to get the opportunity in professional football to have your hands on something from ground zero, said the 34-year-old Sunderland, whose own college football career as a receiver/punt returner at the University of Montana was derailed by six knee surgeries.

The plan is for the RedBlacks to go into training camp in four months or so with 87 players. So far, about half of that sits on a RedBlacks depth chart in Sunderland's office. Each day, they scan through the CFL's daily status report, which updates signings, players cut, added or deleted from their neg lists.


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