Canadian Football League

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Former Canadian Football League GM and former CFL Coach both heading to the booth?

Former Ottawa Renegades general manager Eric Tillman has been laying low since losing his job in January, but that seems poised to change.
Tillman is believed to be the next Canadian Football League analyst for Rogers Sportsnet. The network expects to finalize contract details next week and make an announcement shortly thereafter, a spokesman said.
"All I know is we've used him before," said Dave Rushford, director of communications and promotions for Sportsnet. "I'd be guessing, but I wouldn't be surprised."
Tillman has been shuttling between his native Mississippi and Ottawa since not having his contract renewed by the Renegades in January. He served as an NFL draft analyst for both Sportsnet and Team 1200 AM radio last weekend.
"Obviously, people saw me on national television last weekend, and once that happens, speculation is understandable. But people in Ottawa heard me do two draft previews on the Team, so maybe I'll be joining their morning show," Tillman said with a laugh, while refusing to confirm or deny the Sportsnet deal. "In all seriousness, there is a proper protocol in these situations, and at this time, the less said the better."
Sportsnet has been looking for a CFL "insider" after allowing Marty York's contract to expire in February. Tillman has previously worked as an analyst on TSN's Friday Night Football panel and in a similar capacity with a Toronto radio station. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Mississippi.
TSN, meanwhile, will also be adding a CFL analyst in the next month.
Network president Phil King confirmed yesterday that the Friday Night Football panel will include a third analyst this season. The panel was reduced to two last season after Matt Dunigan left to become general manager/head coach of the Calgary Stampeders.
Dunigan was fired in January after the Stampeders were sold. King said Dunigan is a candidate to return.


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