RedBlacks take field together

Rick Campbell was formally introduced as the CFL's Ottawa RedBlacks first-ever head coach on...

Rick Campbell was formally introduced as the CFL's Ottawa RedBlacks first-ever head coach on December 6,2013. (Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:02 PM ET

Nine hundred kilometres away, where the thermometer will rise up to 18C or so on Wednesday, the Ottawa RedBlacks will begin to find out who and what they are.

They'll become more than just names and vaguely familiar faces to each other as they look to shape their identity -- and go about the business of getting prepared for their first season -- which kicks off in a regular-season kind of way July 3 in Winnipeg.

For the first time, about 75 RedBlacks and their coaches will get on a field together for a two-day mini camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.


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