Watters next prez for Argos?

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

A successful run as the head of the 2007 Grey Cup committee is about to get Brad Watters back into the CFL in a big way.

A source told Sun Media last night that the Argos intend to name Watters to a senior position with the club this week, likely team president.

Watters worked closely with outgoing Boatmen boss Keith Pelley, whose tenure with the club finished this past Friday.

The 95th Grey Cup and the surrounding festivities widely were hailed as a success, leading to speculation that Watters would succeed Pelley.

The Cup also turned a tidy profit for Argos owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski, who reportedly made in the neighbourhood of $5 million from the event.

Reached via e-mail by Sun Media last night, Cynamon said the club will announce its restructuring plans tomorrow but did not deny Watters' involvement.

In Watters, the Argos would get an executive with experience in the CFL (he headed the now defunct Ottawa Rengades) and in the competitive southern Ontario sports market (through his involvement with the Toronto Rock.)

The expected appointment will be one of the biggest in what could be a busy week of restructuring for the Argos brass.

Coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons coyly has kept people guessing as to his future though it is widely speculated he will step down.

It would seem the big question is whether Clemons accepts a management position with the team.

Cynamon and Sokolowski have made it clear they want Clemons to remain with the team in an executive capacity.

If Clemons steps down from his coaching gig, ownership has indicated that longtime defensive coordinator Rich Stubler would be the leading candidate.

The team could also be looking for an offensive coordinator as the man currently employed in that capacity, Steve Buratto, has been given permission to interview for the vacant head coaching job with the Montreal Alouettes.


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