Canadian Football League

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Former Norfolk State football coach Willie Gillus has landed on his feet in Canada, where he’s been named an assistant coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
But Gillus said he still plans legal action against the school for firing him in December for alleged NCAA violations.

''I’m still full steam ahead on that,’’ Gillus said in a phone interview from Winnipeg. ''I’m not letting it go.’’
Gillus, who was let go by the Spartans with two years remaining on his four-year contract, will coach quarterbacks and running backs for the Blue Bombers.
''It’s a great opportunity to move into professional football,’’ Gillus said. ''The college game is my love. But I couldn’t pass this up.’’
Gillus played five years in the CFL from 1987-91, and was a member of Toronto’s 1991 Grey Cup championship team. During his time as an offensive coordinator at Virginia Union, Gillus spent his offseasons serving as a regional scout for the CFL’s B.C. Lions from 1999-2002.
With the Blue Bombers, Gillus joins the staff of second-year head coach Jim Daley, who guided the team to a 5-6 record after taking over in mid season. Winnipeg was 1-5 when Daley arrived.
Norfolk State contends that since it fired Gillus ''with cause,’’ it does not have to pay him the remainder of his contract.
Gillus declined to elaborate on legal action over his firing at Norfolk State, referring further questions to his attorney.
Gillus’s lawyer, Christian Connell, said he also would not comment at this time


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