Argos' Stubler gets new deal

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Rich Stubler has no desire to coach anywhere but in Toronto.

Stubler, who has been the Argos' fulltime defensive co-ordinator/assistant coach since 2003, has rejected head coaching overtures the last two seasons.

The Argos announced yesterday they had extended his current deal through the end of the 2007 season, which might be the last year for his boss, head coach Pinball Clemons.

"For me it's an honour to come back and work with this group of people," Stubler said. "I've coached a lot of years -- this coming year will be 38 -- and with a lot of guys in the NFL, the CFL, high school and this is the place I want to be. I don't even entertain offers anymore. There's no reason to even call me."

Stubler said he was unsatisfied with the Argos' season last year, winning the East Division but losing the game to go to the Grey Cup.

"I told our (defensive) guys, from my standpoint it was a wasted year because we didn't hit the last thing we wanted to do," he said. "I don't want any more wasted years. I've only got about 10 left. I want to make sure I fill in those 10."

Surgery for Austin

Offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin, who has hobbled the past few years with an arthritic hip, will undergo surgery in Ottawa next month.

"I can't bend over to tie my shoe, that's how pathetic it is now," Austin said.

Bagging the big game

Rumours persist the Argos will hire Malvin (Big Game) Hunter as their defensive line coach to replace Thomas Menas, who won't be returning because of business reasons.

Crouch coming north

University of Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch, who has been on and off the Argos' negotiation list since 2000, apparently is coming here next month for a workout that may lead to a contract.


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