Lonie out? 'Gades looking at Nicholson

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

With Lonie Glieberman expected to announce his resignation as Renegades president today, a former Toronto Argos' boss could be the front-runner to replace him.

"At the end of the day, I'm going to do what's best for the Renegades, the people of Ottawa and the Canadian Football League," said Glieberman last night.

Sources say that former Argos president, Bob Nicholson, who is chief financial officer of the Washington Nationals, has been contacted by the Renegades. But Nicholson declined comment. Nicholson also worked for the Toronto Blue Jays for 17 years, rising to the rank of executive vice-president and COO.

Nicholson and former Renegades GM Eric Tillman are friends who worked together with the Argos for two seasons, including in 1997 when Toronto won the Grey Cup.

Nicholson was approached at the end of the 2003 season by former owners of the Renegades to take over the team's administration. But Nicholson turned the offer down and the club hired John Lisowski as the new CEO.

Nicholson has also been considered in the past as a candidate for commissioner of the CFL.

Another candidate for the Renegades job could be Pat Whalen, the president and CEO of the Ottawa 67's.

Meanwhile, Renegades coach John Jenkins said the club remains interested in signing free agent defensive back Richard Karikari, and offensive lineman Bobby Singh.


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