The Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- and their fans -- are about to get an early Christmas present.
Star slotback Milt Stegall is going to play at least one more CFL season in Blue and Gold.
Stegall is scheduled to arrive in Winnipeg today to put the finishing touches on a 2007 contract, according to a team source. An official announcement of his return could come as early as today.
While the allure of breaking the CFL's all-time touchdown mark and chasing that elusive Grey Cup might appear to be factors, Stegall has said all along that his decision to play or retire would be based solely on what's best for his family.
His wife, Darlene, and two-year-old son, Chase, live year-round in Atlanta, where Darlene runs her own business.
Stegall needs two touchdowns to break the league's touchdown record of 137, and he hasn't won a Grey Cup during his 12-year career in Winnipeg.
Stegall, who will turn 37 in January, can still play the game. He led Winnipeg this season with 79 catches for 1,269 yards and also scored seven touchdowns, despite missing four games due to injury.
MARSHALL'S PLAN: Greg Marshall has watched the CFL's coaching carousel spin wildly around him for the last three weeks.
The Bombers defensive co-ordinator must be getting dizzy, because he's still standing in the same place.
Even though the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have let Marshall know they're interested in him for their head coaching position, he has yet to be interviewed.
The Tiger-Cats are reportedly waiting for an answer from Charlie Taaffe, their No. 1 choice who is apparently trying to find a better job in the U.S. college ranks.
Marshall, meanwhile, is at home in Edmonton, waiting patiently for an invitation to be interviewed.
"They just said they'd be getting back in touch with me, and that was about it," Marshall said yesterday from the Alberta capital. "They said they'd be getting back in touch with me, but I don't know where that's going."
THE OCs: Jacques Chapdelaine has left the Grey Cup-champion B.C. Lions to become the Edmonton Eskimos offensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach.
Chapdelaine spent the last four seasons with the Lions, including the last two as their offensive co-ordinator under Wally Buono, but Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia made a hard enough push to lure him away from the Lower Mainland.
The assistant head coaching title puts Chapdelaine in position to one day take over for Maciocia, who oversaw the Eskimos offence this season.
A logical replacement for Chapdelaine in B.C. would be former Saskatchewan head coach Danny Barrett, who played quarterback for Buono in Calgary.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Argonauts are expected to name Steve Buratto their offensive co-ordinator at a press conference today.
Buratto was fired as Calgary's offensive co-ordinator last month after the Stampeders lost to Saskatchewan in the West Division semifinal.