Austin's out of running

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Kent Austin is out, while Denny Creehan appears to still be in the hunt.

Austin, the Toronto Argonauts offensive co-ordinator, yesterday took himself out of the running to become the Winnipeg Blue Bombers new head coach.

Meanwhile, Creehan, the Calgary Stampeders associate head coach and defensive co-ordinator, interviewed for the position via telephone yesterday.

That would appear to leave Montreal Alouettes co-offensive co-ordinator Doug Berry, former Ottawa Renegades defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall and Creehan as the finalists for the job, which has been vacant since the club fired Jim Daley Nov. 8.

The Bombers hope to name their new boss either late this week or early next week.

Creehan still hopeful

Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer said yesterday that the organization had "more than three candidates ... very good ones at that," even after Austin's decision.

Gil Scott, who is Austin's agent, told Sun Media yesterday afternoon that the former CFL quarterback is content to continue working alongside Damon Allen, the league's most outstanding player, in Canada's largest city.

"He's happy in Toronto," Scott said.

Austin may have been a long shot anyway, as he and Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive co-ordinator Richie Hall were believed to be in danger of not making the short list.

Creehan, meanwhile, read reports yesterday that said he wouldn't be a finalist for the Bomber job no matter how well he interviewed.

"I did bring that up with (Taman)," Creehan said last night. "I asked him. I said, 'I read that on the Internet that this is a token interview.' Of course he didn't feel it was.

"His response to me was that the media had already eliminated the whole search down to three people, and he hadn't talked to all the people on his first list yet, so ..."

Creehan was pleased with his interview, although he said you just never know.

"You can think those things went really well in your mind, but it has to go well in someone else's mind in order for it to be good," Creehan said. "I think it went OK, but you're gonna have to ask Brendan for sure."

Taman didn't answer the Sun's e-mails or phone calls yesterday, but Creehan still hopes Taman responded well to his interview.

"Absolutely. A head coaching position is my goal, and if this isn't the one, then it's not the one," Creehan said. "Maybe some day there will be another opportunity, but right now those decisions aren't up to me."

Berry didn't say much when reached at his Massachusetts home last night.

"We're still talking, so that's good," he said. "... We're getting down towards the end, so I don't have much to say, except for the fact that I know that I'm still talking with them."

Marshall, who had his second interview over the weekend, is also sitting by the phone, waiting for it to ring.

"If you've got an answer you can give me, I'd appreciate it," Marshall said last night from his Edmonton home. "I'm just waiting to see what their decision's gonna be."


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