Canadian Football League

Saturday, February 19, 2005

The Stamps signed four players yesterday, including two receivers.
Import receiver James Williams, 26, was a sixth-round selection of the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 where he spent three seasons.
Import receiver James Terry, a 6-ft. 5-in. Kansas State product, is the brother of Stampeders cornerback Nate Terry.
Canadian o-lineman David De La Perralle, 25, is a 6-ft. 7-in., 315-lb., Montreal native who played at Kentucky. He has spent time on the CFL rosters of Toronto and Ottawa.
Import defensive back Jermaine Chatman, 25, is a University of Arizona product who was in NFL Europe with the Scottish Claymores.

Newest additions to Oregon State’s football staff: offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, linebacker coach Robin Ross and defensive graduate assistant Keith Heyward-Johnson. Langsdorf, 32, is receiver coach for the New Orleans Saints. Heyward-Johnson, 26, was a cornerback at OSU from 1997-2000. Langsdorf will be the youngest coordinator in the Pac-10, but coach Mike Riley believes he is ready. “Danny is very bright and a really good coach,” Riley says. “We’ve had a close relationship for a long time. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have him working with me again.” Langsdorf’s father, Ed, coached with Riley at Linfield in the 1980s, began scouting for San Diego when Riley was the coach and is still with the Chargers. After starting his college career at Boise State, Danny quarterbacked at Linfield in 1994-95 and was all-conference his junior year. He served as graduate assistant under Riley at OSU in 1997-98, coached three years at Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League — ending as offensive coordinator — before spending the last three years with the Saints. Ross, 50, has coached special teams and tight ends at Oregon the past four years. Greg Newhouse, who has coached linebackers the last two years, will move over to coach the defensive line. Bruce Read, who served as a graduate assistant last season, has moved to full-time status with special teams. Read, an NFL special teams coach for five years, came to OSU with the promise that he would be elevated after the 2004 season. nOregon State lost three assistants from its 2004 staff — offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, linebacker coach Charlie Camp and tight end coach LeCharls McDaniel. Camp and McDaniel were easily replaceable, but Riley will miss Chryst, who left to become offensive coordinator at Wisconsin. Chryst, who had coached under Riley for nine years, had many ties with Wisconsin. He played for the Badgers, and his father, George, played and coached there. His in-laws, mother and brother live in Madison. Coach Barry Alvarez bettered the offer twice, from tight ends coach to co-offensive coordinator to offensive coordinator. “Paul told me he has always made career decisions based on football,” Riley says. “This one was based more on family.” • Expect the four OSU players suspended in December after a Corvallis nightclub incident — Joe Rudulph, Anthony Wheat-Brown, Whitfield Usher and walk-on Ryan Rainwater — to soon be reinstated on some sort of probationary status. Riley, Athletic Director Bob De Carolis and President Edward Ray met recently to discuss a solution. nThe Beavers have signed Josh Cohen, a 6-0, 230-pound deep snapper from College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Cohen turned down offers from South Florida and Central Florida, says his coach, Steve Kazor, who coached special teams for 11 years in the NFL and spent 15 years in the league. “Josh has good times, is very consistent, didn’t have a bad snap all season,” Kazor says. “He will be good for (the Beavers).” nOSU is likely to offer a scholarship to Tim Clark of Cathedral High in Los Angeles. Clark rushed for 223 yards and a pair of TDs on 16 carries in a playoff game this fall, but the Beavers will play him at cornerback. nRiley considered Boston College defensive back coach Kevin Lempa before choosing Ross to add to his defensive staff. • If he were a betting man, Mychal Thompson would place a wager on Larry Brown as the next coach of the L.A. Lakers. “Jeanie Buss is lobbying for Phil (Jackson) to come back,” says Thompson, the longtime Lake Oswego resident now doing an afternoon radio sports talk show in L.A. while serving as the Lakers’ radio analyst. “The job will be there for him if he wants it, but he will be awfully tempted to take the Knicks job, complete his coaching triangle (L.A., Chicago and New York) and finish up where he had fond memories as a player. “Larry is under contract with Detroit, but if he is available, how can you not take Larry Brown? Kobe (Bryant) and he are good friends. That won’t work against him.” Thompson says he has been impressed with Bryant this season. “Kobe made some drastic mistakes in his personal life, acknowledged them and moved on,” Thompson says. “He shows up every night with 100 percent effort. He works harder than any player on the team and has been a good leader. I’m impressed with the way he has conducted himself this season.” • Arizona State’s Ike Diogu is not only the best player in the Pac-10 but a classy player. “After he makes a dunk, he doesn’t thump his chest, or pull his shirt and point to his heart,” Oregon Duck TV analyst Rob Closs says. “He acts like he’s been there before. He works his tail off but doesn’t try to draw attention to himself. I love that about him. In this day and age where so much is ‘me, me, me,’ he chooses not to be that way.”

The Ottawa Renegades have raided the B.C. Lions defence, signing linemen Cameron Legault, Marc Pilon and Ray Jacobs. The trio also played together in Calgary in 1999.
''We are pleased to have these gentlemen on board with us and we feel they will be an upgrade to our defensive line,'' Joe Paopao, Ottawa's coach and general manager, said in a release. ''We believe these guys are at the stage of their careers, where we believe they will be ready to be major contributors.''
Jacobs, a West Division all-star in 2003, signed a one-year deal plus an option. He didn't play last season.
Legault, entering his seventh year in the CFL, played the last five seasons in B.C. after spending his rookie season with the Calgary Stampeders.

Pilon heads into his sixth year in the league after four solid years at Syracuse University. The Renegades are his fourth CFL team, following stints in Calgary, Edmonton and B.C.

It's taken a couple of seasons but the Edmonton Eskimos finally got their man. Tight end Deitan Dubuc put his NFL dream on hold and signed with the Green and Gold for two years plus an option yesterday.
After seemingly bouncing from one NFL practice roster to another, he was looking to play in NFL Europe this spring. There were no takers.
"(The NFL) think I'm a little old, going to NFL Europe at 28,'' said Dubuc, whose CFL rights were acquired from Calgary in exchange for Edmonton's first overall pick in the 2003 Canadian college draft.
"So, you just move on. I haven't played in a year and a half.''
The Esks could utilize the six-foot-four, 250-pound Michigan grad as receiver or a fullback. Should he be able to hone his skills, Dubuc could also be used as a long-snapper.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have agreed to terms with free agent receiver Chris Brazzell and traded offensive lineman Pascal Cheron to the Ottawa Renegades for a second-round pick (11th overall) in this year's Canadian College Draft and a 2006 draft pick.
Brazzell, who registered 49 receptions for 906 yards with the B.C. Lions last season, would join an already impressive air attack in Hamilton with the likes of receivers D.J. Flick and Craig Yeast and slotbacks Archie Amerson and Mike Morreale.
Brazzell had reportedly been trying to decide whether to sign with the Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Renegades.
"Hamilton made it clear from day one that they were interested," Brazzell told the Hamilton Spectator Thursday.
The news comes as another bad turn for the Renegades, who thought they had receiver Ed Hervey signed before the free agent decided to stay with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Friday, February 18, 2005

The Montreal Alouettes signed running back Michael Jenkins to a one-year deal plus an option Friday, giving their already explosive offence another dimension on the ground.
Jenkins, 28, joins Eric Lapointe and Jonas Lewis in the Als backfield and would appear to spell the end of Autry Denson's stay with the club.
Denson led the Als with 772 rushing yards last season but was scratched from the East Division final loss to the Toronto Argonauts.
Jenkins missed all of last season with an ankle injury but has put up big numbers in the CFL in the past.

"Michael Jenkins is a dominant running back who brings a new dimension to our offence," general manager Jim Popp said in a release. "He has an explosive running style and can also catch the ball. He will be an asset to our already potent offence."
Jenkins began his CFL career with the Argonauts in 2000, when he was named the team's outstanding rookie after rushing for 1,050 yards.
He was the club's outstanding player after running for 1,484 yards and eight touchdowns on 271 carries.
Jenkins spent the 2002 season with the NFL's Houston Texans and came back to Toronto for 2003, when he gaining 814 yards and scored six touchdowns

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Today Calgary Stampeders' Head Coach and VP of Football Operations, Tom Higgins, announced the free agent signing of Receiver Jeremaine Copeland. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We identified Jeremaine as the top receiver available and feel that he is as good as any receiver in the Canadian Football League," stated GM in charge of Player Personnel Jim Barker. "He has been a very productive player throughout his professional career and we expect that production to continue in a Stampeder uniform."

Today Calgary Stampeders' Head Coach and VP of Football Operations Tom Higgins announced the free agent signing of Defensive Back Anthony Malbrough. As per Club policy terms of the contract were not disclosed. "Out of all the defensive free agents out there, Anthony graded at the top of our list," stated Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Denny Creehan. "He brings a unique combination of both speed and physical play, which will bring added excitement to our defense."

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Rocky returns!Quarterback Rocky Butler re-signs with SaskatchewanThe Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have re-signed import quarterback Rocky Butler to a two-year plus an option contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Butler is entering his fourth season with the Green and White and was set to become a free agent today. The Hofstra University product dressed in all 18 regular season games last season and started in one game. In his three seasons with Saskatchewan, Butler has completed 41 of 82 passes for 515 yards. He has also rushed 40 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Montgomery Maulers have signed former Troy State stars Mareno and David Philyaw.
Mareno Philyaw, 27, played briefly with the Atlanta Falcons after playing wide receiver and quarterback for Troy from 1996-1999. His younger brother David, 25, was a defensive back at Troy and started six games last year with the Houma (La.) team of the National Indoor Football league.
The Philyaws are the second and third players to be signed by Montgomery's new indoor football league team. The team announced the signing of former Jeff Davis quarterback Jeff Aaron last week.
"Mareno brings a knowledge of the game having played in NFL," Maulers coach James Shiver said. "Though he didn't get much playing time, he learned zones and coverages and he can bring that to our team.
"David has been around the league before and knows the speed of the game, which is so much faster on a smaller field."
Mareno Philyaw caught 59 passes for 1,097 yards and seven touchdowns during his college career. He ran for 665 yards and eight touchdowns and had 836 yards in kickoff returns. He also passed for 146 yards when he played quarterback as a sophomore.
A sixth-round NFL draft pick at wide receiver by Atlanta in 2000, Philyaw played in only one game in two seasons with the Falcons. After a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers in 2002, Philyaw was signed by Dallas of the Arena Football League.
Mareno just happened to be visiting his brother when the Maulers to ask David to play.
"They asked me if I wanted to do it, too, and I said, 'Sure,'" He said.
Mareno Philyaw played last year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He said he was looking forward to coming to Saturday's open tryout and mini-camp and meeting the rest of the team.
"I hope I'll be able to bring some experience and some leadership qualities to the team," he said.
David Philyaw played defensive back at Troy from 1999-2002. A starting cornerback as a freshman, he played in every game during his final three years at the school. In his six professional starts, he recorded 13 tackles and an interception as the Bayou Bucks earned a playoff berth with an 11-3 record.
The Maulers hold their final open tryout camp this weekend at Brewbaker Junior High School. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the fee of $40 is payable in cash of money order only.
The Maulers play their first-ever game on March 19 at Kissimmee, Fla.
The first home game is April 2 against the Southwest Louisiana Swashbucklers

A coveted Edmonton Eskimos Grey Cup ring - valued at $10,000 - is being sold on EBay, the online auction marketplace. The diamond-studded 10k gold ring, which was owned by former Esks defensive back Byron Capers, was put on the auction block Sunday.
"Obviously you're disappointed when you see it on EBay, but at the end of the day it's a personal decision," said Eskimos spokesman Dave Jamieson.
The Eskimos signed Capers in August 2003, after he was let go by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Esks put him on the practice roster and he never got into a league game while with the team.
Nevertheless, each member of the team received a Grey Cup ring in 2003, after the Esks beat the Montreal Alouettes 34-22, said Jamieson.
The Eskimos released Capers in May 2004.
Stu Laird, president of the Canadian Football League Players' Association, said he hadn't spoken to Capers and didn't know why - or if - he sold the ring.
"I imagine this is not the first instance of (a Grey Cup ring being sold)," said Laird. "It's an individual's personal property and I guess what they do with it (is up to them)."
Laird admitted, however, a disparity exists between the league's best-paid players and those who earn the league minimum of $37,000 annually. "As players you want to make as much as you can at your craft," Laird said. "Everybody's circumstances are different."
Laird said he wouldn't consider parting with the 1992 Grey Cup ring he earned as a member of the Calgary Stampeders. "I know how much it means to me personally," Laird said. "But everybody's different."
Capers couldn't be reached for comment.
The seller, who identified himself as 'Pat,' said yesterday he bought the ring - which bears Capers' name and number, 28 - from an Ottawa pawn shop. But he wouldn't say what he paid for it.
A member of the Ottawa Renegades, Capers is scheduled to become a free agent today - meaning he's free to join any Canadian Football League team he wants.
Capers was an all-star cornerback at Florida State University between 1993 and 1996 before coming to the Canadian Football League. He was also an All-American in the 4x100-metre track event.
Jamieson said the Eskimos haven't discussed whether to try to recover the ring. But he said players from the championship team worked hard to win it and wear it with pride.