Pinball not up to coach

MIKE RUTSEY, SUN MEDIA

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Michael (Pinball) Clemons wouldn't reveal the front-runners for the vacant Argos coaching job but he enthusiastically removed the name of one rumoured candidate -- himself.

"I am not (a candidate) because I did it (moved out of the coaching ranks) because of my kids," Clemons, the Argos CEO, said yesterday at the annual Special Olympics Festival breakfast. "My kids are 14, 11 and six. I said I was only going to coach for a period of time when I first started and I was very honest with them.

"There's a saying that every successful man is not a successful father and every successful father is a successful man. That's my first priority, that's my first duty and that won't change."

While the rumoured list of candidates is led by former Saskatchewan Roughriders coach Danny Barrett, former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and Calgary Stampeders assistant George Cortez, some glamour names have popped up such as former quarterback greats Doug Flutie and Damon Allen.

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The fact neither Flutie nor Allen has coaching experience would seem to immediately rule them out, but Clemons wouldn't write them off.

"I think everybody's being considered and then you'll get down to a short list," Clemons said. "(Argos GM) Adam Rita is going through the process and neither one of those guys (Flutie and Allen) called and asked about it.

"But I think (Rita) would take both of their calls and he would listen to them."

Rita said recently the Argos had a list of up to 20 candidates and a final decision would be made by Feb. 1.

"We're going through a process right now and it's not something that we talk about and give updates on," Clemons said. "We just want to be diligent, be patient with the process and make the decision that's in the best interest of our club."


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