O'Shea for Argos coach, ya say?

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 4:08 AM ET

Former Argos linebacker Mike O'Shea first heard about his potential candidacy for next coach of the Argonauts from his boss at the non-football job O'Shea currently holds down.

That would be in sales with Zimmer Canada, a leader in the Canadian orthopaedic industry.

O'Shea's name for the post was raised by the Argos defensive lineman Adriano Belli, who suggested O'Shea's knowledge of the CFL game would make him a perfect candidate for the opening created Monday when Bart Andrus was sent packing.

O'Shea's reaction?

"I'm going right now to find Belli and kick his ass," O'Shea said laughing outside the Special Olympics Festival Breakfast which he attended as a guest.

"Adriano Belli is a funny, funny man."

But as much as O'Shea downplayed his candidacy for the job, he didn't rule it out completely.

"Yeah, I've thought about it, I guess," O'Shea said of a career in coaching after a lengthy pause to consider his answer. "I think as a player you think about it all the time. Every meeting you're in with a coach you're thinking about what they are teaching you and how they are teaching it to you. It's a bad habit to get into but I'm sure a lot of players do it."

O'Shea, though, may or may not be surprised to learn that Belli is not the only one who thinks the former Argos linebacker is coaching material.

Mike (Pinball) Clemons, a head table guest at the same function, said he thought about O'Shea as a potential head coach last off-season before the Argos settled on Andrus.

Clemons quickly established that he will not be the one choosing the next head coach. As vice chairman of the Argos, his role is much more off-field than on, but he admits he has seen coaching potential in both O'Shea and another ex-Argo.

"I believe Mike O'Shea has a great chance," Clemons said. "Damon Allen is another name. He has an interest as well and has been very straight forward about that. But the other guy who comes to mind for me is Mike O'Shea."

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One name you won't be hearing bandied about for the job is Clemons'.

"I stopped coaching because of my kids and that hasn't changed," he said.

Beyond that, Clemons didn't feel it was right to be discussing the job opening.

"They (Argos ownership) will ask me what I think every once in a while and when they do that I'll certainly give my opinion but certainly guessing and speculating from me (about the next coach) would only serve to put pressure on them," he said.


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