January 18, 2012
Argos hardly knew himCoach quits one month after hiring
By DEAN McNulty, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The Argos are on the hunt for an offensive co-ordinator just one month after hiring Jonathan Himebauch away from the Montreal Alouettes.
Himebauch has taken a job as an assistant at Wake Forest University’s ACC football program, it was announced Wednesday in a team release.
“When we signed Jonathan, we allowed him a window to pursue collegiate jobs,” Argos head coach Scott Milanovich said. “(He) found a lucrative position with potential for growth and we wish him continued success.
“Knowing this was a possibility, we have been working on an alternate plan and expect to have more announcements shortly.”
Himebauch’s hire by the Argos had been greeted with some fanfare as he had worked with Milanovich in Montreal for the past three seasons as offensive line coach.
The Als won the Grey Cup twice in those three seasons.
The highly touted job at Wake Forest became available last week when the Demon Deacons’ special teams co-ordinator Keith Henry was not re-hired after a 6-7 season which ended in a 23-17 loss to Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl.
Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe is expected to name Himebauch to that position.
A chronic back injury has forced Hamilton Ticats safety Dylan Barker into an early retirement.
The former University of Saskatchewan all-star has spent all of his four Canadian Football League seasons in Hamilton after being a first-round draft pick in 2008.
“I would like to thank everyone involved with my CFL career, especially the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization, for four great years that I will never forget,” he said in a team statement. “I couldn’t have had better teammates, coaches, managers, and mentors, or played in front of better fans.”
Barker started 13 of 17 regular season games in 2010 before missing the 2011 season due to a back injury.
General manager Bob O’Billovich wished Barker well.
“It’s very unfortunate to see Dylan’s promising football career end at such an early age,” O’Billovich said. “During his time in Hamilton, he was a positive contributor on and off the field who represented the club with strong character.”
In other CFL news ESPN is reporting that Als head coach Marc Trestman could be a possible replacement for fired Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell.
Trestman, the Alouettes’ head coach the last four years, is a veteran of the NFL wars having spent 17 seasons working as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns before moving to the CFL.
Trestman was also interviewed in 2010 for the head coaching job at the University of Miami.
According to ESPN football analyst John Clayton, Trestman is on the short list of potential coaches who will be interviewed for the Indianapolis head coaching position.