Questions linger for Argos' owners

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:21 AM ET

They're done on the field, but many questions remain for the Argonauts, whose off-season started late last night.

Head coach Don Matthews, after going 0-8, again refused to discuss his future, saying that "we'll decide that at a later date."

There is the belief that Matthews will not be back since there's no way the Argos could sell his pitiful record to fans. The 69-year-old Matthews never did add to his CFL record of 231 victories.

More could become clear today when the Argos have their final team meeting at their practice facility in Mississauga.

But the intrigue lies above Matthews' head. If nothing else, there appears to be dissension in the front-office ranks between CEO Michael (Pinball) Clemons and general manager Adam Rita. It was widely perceived earlier this week that Clemons threw Rita under the bus when he said in a published report that the decision-making buck stops with Rita. Many insist that Clemons has plenty of say in football decisions, which would make sense, given his stature and the fact he has been a part of the Argos family in some capacity since 1989.

It's worth noting that when all looked lost a few weeks ago, co-owner David Cynamon said he did not necessarily think that getting rid of Clemons, Rita and Mohns would be the right thing to do after just one bad season. But if all stay, it seems rather obvious that there will have to be some healing behind closed doors.

MONEY ISSUES

Ownership might not want to part with the main cogs in its front office if there are contract issues -- as in, Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski might not want to eat the contracts that would come with firings.

Rita is scheduled to address the media today.

Clemons had a chance to take some mud out of the Argos' picture last night after a 45-38 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was busy signing footballs in the Argos locker room, but when he was done, he politely refused a interview request from two reporters.


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