Ticats' Marshall feeling the love

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

Greg Marshall is suddenly a very wanted man.

The Toronto Argonauts have asked the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for permission to speak with Marshall about their head coaching vacancy.

Marshall is also one of the finalists for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers coaching position.

Marshall, currently the Ticats’ defensive co-ordinator, told The Sun he had not heard from Bomber GM Joe Mack, who was believed to be travelling to Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Nor had Marshall heard anything from the Argos, who are dealing with ownership issues this week at the governor’s meetings in Florida. All he knows is the Boatmen have asked for permission to speak with him.

The Argos tried to hire Montreal Alouettes offensive co-ordinator Scott Milanovich over the weekend, but he rebuffed their offer.

Saskatchewan Roughriders co-ordinator Paul LaPolice is also a strong candidate for the Winnipeg job.

The Bombers could announce their new boss as early as Friday.

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“Oh man, it’s something I’ve been waiting for for a long time,” the 30-year-old said Wednesday from Dallas. “When I got the call, I was ecstatic.”

The Bombers released the three-time 1,000-yard receiver last July after he had a falling out with then head coach Mike Kelly. Armstrong dressed but refused to play in the season-opener after being told just prior to kickoff that he wasn’t going to start.

Armstrong and Kelly made up the day after the game, but it deteriorated because the receiver continued to express his disgust with the situation through the media.

The two almost came to blows in Kelly’s office, and Armstrong was released a few days later.

Armstrong’s connection with the Lions is their player personnel director, Roy Shivers, who brought the former NFLer to Saskatchewan in 2001. Armstrong said the Lions just want him to play, and he’ll do just that.

If Kelly and the Bomber coaching staff had been up front with him, he said, he might still be in Blue and Gold.

“I can accept a role,” Armstrong said. “I don’t mind being the third, fourth or whatever receiver. Because I knew my situation. I knew I was hurting. It wasn’t a big factor in that regard.

“But the way they did me there, that was a feeling I don’t never want to feel no more. I’m happy that I’m moving forward, though.”


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