They will be left in limbo until the Winnipeg Blue Bombers officially announce the head coach assigned to dig them out of a deep hole.
While that is expected to be Jim Daley, the assistant coaches do not know whether or not they will be returning with him. And their fate could depend on what happens in Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa. Bombers GM Brendan Taman has said that whoever is hired -- or re-signed -- as head mentor will be allowed to hire his own assistants. Although last year's assistants have been given permission to look elsewhere, they could still be asked back.
Secondary coach Less Browne reportedly will not return.
"That's a decision that Less made at the time (of the notice)," receivers coach Bob Dyce said yesterday. "I understand it because he didn't want to be away from his kids any more, just like I'd like to stay here because this is where my family is."
But there have been no indications thus far and Daley obviously cannot say anything yet.
"If Jim (Daley) ever gets out of coaching, he should go into poker because he keeps a straight face about everything," Dyce said. "But if you know the nature of the business, this is pretty much status quo.
"Obviously, I like coaching here so this is where I'd like to stay. If not, you've just got to roll with the punches. Ron (Lancaster Jr., the offensive co-ordinator) and I are in here (office) every day and we just keep doing what we have to do."
Although Lancaster could not be reached for comment, special teams coach Urban Bowman said he had not spoken to Daley since before he left town.
'HAVEN'T HEAR A WORD'
"I haven't heard a word," said Bowman, who has returned to his Ontario home. "But it's not a problem."
Those rumoured to be in the running as new Bomber assistants include former Stampeders head coach Jim Barker and current Calgary assistants Dennis Creehan and Mike Roach.
HASHMARKS: An Edmonton source says that Winnipeg could get the Coach of the Year Dinner as soon as this January because the Eskimos do not want it any more. But word is that it will float around the various CFL cities ... Bombers WR Robert Gordon recently told Sun Media that he would love to reunite with former Winnipeg QB Khari Jones in Cowtown next year.