Coach Mac making his return

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

Bill Macdermott hasn't lost his sense of humour.

The former assistant coach and advance scout for the Edmonton Eskimos, Macdermott will be at Commonwealth Stadium tomorrow night - coaching the Toronto Argos offensive line.

"I don't think I will have any trouble finding (Commonwealth Stadium)," cracked Macdermott from his Argos' coaching office.

This won't be the first time Coach Mac has ventured to Edmonton to battle the Eskimos as a member of the Argos coaching staff.

But his return to the city for tomorrow's Edmonton-Toronto game (8 p.m., CHED, Commonwealth Stadium) provides an interesting subplot.

Macdermott was removed from his offensive line coaching responsibilities before the start of the 2007 season with the Eskimos and replaced by Carl Brennan.

Made an advance scout for the Esks, Macdermott stayed in an office last year and broke-down film on upcoming Edmonton opponents.

Brennan was not retained at the end of last year and Macdermott left after nine years with the Esks to join the Argos' coaching staff.

"I love it," said Macdermott on his job handling the O-line again.

"I am very, very glad to have this opportunity. It is a pleasure for me to get out and coach every day."

Macdermott said he left Edmonton because he had an opportunity to "coach" in Toronto.

But in an ironic fashion for the Esks this week, Macdermott believes he is a better O-line coach after spending time in this city being an advance scout last year.

FINISH LINES: COACH MAC - AS HE WAS REFERRED TO IN THE ESKIMO LOCKER-ROOM - STILL CALLS EDMONTON HOME ... DR. DAVID REID - THE ESKS AND EDMONTON OILERS' TEAM DOCTOR - IS EXPECTED TO CONDUCT KNEE SURGERY ON MACDERMOTT AT THE END OF THIS SEASON.


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