Rich Stubler was nowhere to be seen yesterday as the Argos head coaching position officially became closer to being his own.
But the team's longtime defensive co-ordinator will get his turn in the spotlight tomorrow when the team is expected to confirm Stubler as Michael (Pinball) Clemons' replacement.
The architect of the CFL's leading defence for the past several seasons finally will get an opportunity to be a head coach in a league he first began coaching in 24 years ago.
Stubler has worked well with Clemons and general manager Adam Rita in the past and has been pursued by several CFL teams seeking a head coach in recent seasons.
But Stubler steadfastly maintained that he didn't want to go anywhere else because of the relationship he had forged with the man he is about to replace.
"I don't think anybody could replace Pinball," Stubler said in an interview prior to the Argos East Division final loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
"The best you can do is try to emulate some of the things he brought to the team."
When asked about his replacement yesterday, Clemons said "that decision is almost ratified."
And after a lifetime in coaching, Stubler can wait another day for it to become official.