Turtle Man will come out of his shell

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Rarely short on sharing an opinion, it comes as little surprise that part of life after football for Milt Stegall will include providing commentary on the CFL.

Stegall announced yesterday that he'll join the TSN panel for nine games during the upcoming season and said he's looking forward to expressing his views.

"As a player, you don't want to say too much or rub people the wrong way or have any bulletin-board material," said Stegall, who will also do some work for the Blue Bombers in the community during the upcoming season. "I don't have to play against these guys anymore now. I can say what I want to now. You're going to see the true Milt Stegall. I've been holding back a bit. Right now, I'll get to truly express myself and I might even grow my hair out a little bit."

Stegall said he would always be a fan of the Blue Bombers, but part of his new job will be to critique them at times.

When asked to assess how the Blue Bombers have handled Kevin Glenn's situation this off-season, Stegall provided a glimpse of the analysis he can offer.

"You have to look at the business side ... you have a new regime coming in," said Stegall. "Say you're running a company and the company is not successful, no matter who's fault it is, you're going to go to the head and start at the top and work your way down. I'm not saying Kevin did a bad job, but changes have to be made when you're not playing well. You have to open up some eyes and scare some guys.

"Kevin is not released yet, he's not traded, he might still be back. We have to wait and see what happens. Some people think it's personal, but this is not personal. If we were winning games last year, we wouldn't be having this discussion."

Blue Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer expects Stegall to do a fine job in the broadcast booth.

"He has 17 years in professional football and 14 years in the CFL," said Bauer. "Obviously, he can read defences, read players, he knows people and people like him. He has a good knack for it and he'll do extremely well in that role."

FRITZ SIGNS?: Although the Blue Bombers wouldn't confirm it yet, the Montreal Gazette is reporting veteran offensive lineman Luke Fritz will agree to a two-year deal plus an option with the football club.

Fritz dressed for all 18 games last season, but didn't start, though he does have exeperience at both guard and tackle and is another solid addition to a revamped Blue Bombers offensive line.

"I'm excited to get to Winnipeg and at least get a legitimate shot to play and make a difference," Fritz told The Gazette. "My time in Montreal was good at times and bad at times. We always had successful teams, but a lot (of things) changed."

Fritz, who is 6-foot-6 and 314 pounds, was chosen seventh overall by the Alouetes in the 2001 Canadian college draft.

Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly told the Sun yesterday that there were a few other things in the works, but he wanted to wait until the contracts were signed.

Kelly also said discussions with free agent punter Burke Dales were ongoing.


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