Blue special teams coach staying put

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:29 PM ET

Forget those rumours that Kyle Walters is about to leave the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Reports out of the East had the Bomber special teams coach being hired as the college head coach in Windsor for the next five years.

Thats one of those Shaggy Dog stories, Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson said Wednesday. The other guy (Windsor head coach Mike Morencie) hasnt even left yet, but Kyles not leaving.

In fact, Walters has been taking over the responsibility of studying college recruits that former Bomber assistant coach Bob Dyce once held.

He is taking over that role because he is well-connected in the CIS community, Hodgkinson said. Kyle has been working diligently to come up with the top 50 CIS recruits before the draft and has talked to a number of coaches in the CIS about them.

The Bombers currently hold the No. 1 pick in the 2011 Canadian College Entry Draft.

FEELING FOR AC: Before signing as a free agent with Winnipeg in 2009, offensive lineman Luke Fritz spent seven seasons protecting quarterback Anthony Calvillo in Montreal. Fritz figures Calvillo will be able to overcome his latest adversity the removal of a lesion and part of his thyroid with his usual aplomb.

Anthonys a strong guy, a competitor and hes also very level-headed and I think youll see him approach this like he approaches everything on the field, he said. Hes a very emotional person but he also relies heavily on his faith and hes a very strong person. When it comes down to it, he has a very strong family, a very strong support system, a lot of great friends and were all going to support him.

After watching his former teammates repeat as champs, Fritz is determined to help lead the Bombers to the Grey Cup.

Right now, Im signed and Im ready to play, Fritz said.

But first, he will undergo arthroscopic surgery on an elbow on Friday.

CFLER DISAPPEARED: Former Bomber DB Al Brenner will be part of a CBC Fifth Estate feature about Canadians gone missing. Brenner, who played for Winnipeg in 1975, as well as Ottawa and Hamilton, apparently walked out on his wife and four children without a word when they were living in Hamilton after his CFL career was over.

COACHING CAROUSEL: Both Tiger-Cats offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson and offensive line coach Steve Buratto have reportedly left Hamilton on their own accord. Gibson, a former Bomber assistant, is rumoured to be heading to Edmonton as an assistant.

Rumour has it that Hamilton defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall may also be leaving to make room for former Eskimos head coach Ritchie Hall.

HELLARD OUT: Now that Ted Hellard is stepping down as co-owner and co-managing partner of the Stampeders, perhaps former Bomber president/CEO Lyle Bauer who currently fills a similar role there will assume a larger role in handling Calgarys operations.

I am very proud of what has been accomplished both on and off the field and of what the organization has and will continue to put forward for the best fans in the CFL, Hellard told QMI Agency.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca

twitter@bendersun


Videos

Photos