Cohan aims for more southern exposure

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 AM ET

VANCOUVER — As a possible work stoppage looms for the National Football League, Mark Cohon is hoping for more CFL exposure south of the Canada-U.S. border.

“We had 14 games on the NFL Network last year, and they have an option to take on more games next year, so we will be talking to them about that,” the CFL commissioner said. “It helps from a recruitment standpoint, really raises the profile of our game.”

And though there are whispers that the Bills in Toronto Series could be extended, Cohon’s focus is elsewhere.

“The Argos have really resurrected themselves on the field,” Cohon said. “There is work we have to do to continue to grow the business in southern Ontario. We’re going to have the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto in 2012, and when we talk about renovating Ivor Wynne Stadium (in Hamilton), it’s really going to be more like a new stadium.”

MARC THE SPOT

From the outside, it might appear to be fairly easy for Marc Trestman to keep the Montreal Alouettes rolling year after year. But for the man who has coached the Als to consecutive Grey Cup titles, starting with a fresh outlook every year is paramount.

“I just try to compartmentalize everything and don’t think about what has happened in the past,” Trestman said. “I start over every year, and we try to address it from that perspective, as opposed to trying to create some kind story out of what has happened in the past.”

Trestman was the 2009 CFL coach of the year and had no trouble seeing Jim Barker voted over himself and Ken Miller of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the award.

“It was well-deserved for Jim,” Trestman said.

Barker made sure to talk directly to Trestman and to Miller during his acceptance speech. He called Miller a “fierce competitor” and wished him well in his career as the Roughriders’ vice-president of football operations.

To Trestman, Barker said, referring to Trestman’s two Grey Cup rings: “I would gladly trade this for what you have.”

BRIEFLY

Now that Jarious Jackson has re-signed with the B.C. Lions, the latest quarterback to make news is Edmonton Eskimos backup Jared Zabransky, who wants to start. The Argos, who were lukewarm on Jackson, could use depth at the position ... Former CFL defensive back Ricky Bell, who spent time with the Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Ottawa Renegades, died on Feb. 17 at the age of 36. There was no immediate cause of death known for Bell, who won a Grey Cup with the Stamps in 2001 ... Brass from each CFL team will be in Toronto next weekend for the annual evaluation camp for draft-eligible players. The weekend starts with team interviews for players on Friday night.


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