Canadian Football League

Friday, December 01, 2006

Popp decides the best Canadian Football League coach is himself

Jim Popp has found a permanent replacement for Don Matthews: himself.

The Montreal Alouettes general manager, who took over coaching duties after Matthews left the club on Oct. 4, announced Friday he was assuming the head coaching job full time.
Popp, 41, will continue to serve as the CFL's club general manager, a position he has held for 11 seasons.
"Jim Popp is the architect of our football team," Alouettes president and chief executive officer Larry Smith said in a statement.
"This will be a great opportunity for him to put his stamp on the entire product. We know he's a winner, we know he excels in his role and believe he is the best person to bring us closer to our ultimate objective of winning the Grey Cup."
After replacing Matthews, Popp helped lead the Alouettes to first place in the East Division and a berth in the Grey Cup, where they lost 25-14 to the B.C. Lions. It was Montreal's fifth Grey Cup appearance in the past seven years - its only win came in 2002.
Popp's CFL career began in 1992 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a receivers coach. His first management duties were with the Baltimore Stallions in 1994 and he joined the Alouettes in 1996.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Barrett looking for another Canadian Football League coaching job

Danny Barrett will not return as head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders next season, the CFL club announced on Monday.
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders parted ways with Danny Barrett on Monday, ending his run as head coach after seven seasons. (Richard Lam/Canadian Press)
At a news conference at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, General Manager Eric Tillman said the team would not be renewing Barrett's expiring contract, ending Barrett's seven-year tenure with Saskatchewan.
"The decision that was made ... it's one I've come to accept," said Barrett, who owns a career coaching record of 57-68-1. "You don't always have to agree with things but you have to accept things in life."
Led by Barrett, the Roughriders endured a difficult season in 2006, culminating in a 45-18 loss to the B.C. Lions in the Western Division final.
It marked the third time in four years the Roughriders reached the Western Division championship. However, the team has posted only one winning season and has not held a home playoff game during Barrett's time behind the bench.
After the Western final loss on Nov. 12, Barrett, whose contract expires at the end of December, pegged his chances of returning in 2007 at "50-50."
Tillman wanted to move in new direction
Tillman said he did consider bringing back Barrett for one more season, but in the end felt that it was time to go in another direction.
"In the final analysis I had to take emotion out of the equation and look at the internal turmoil that this organization has faced the last couple of years ... I realized as much as I have affection and respect for Danny, that we had to either make a multi-year commitment or stabilize the ship."
It had been speculated that Tillman, who took over from the fired Roy Shivers in late August, had planned to make changes to the Roughriders coaching staff in the off-season.
At least publicly, Barrett had the support of his players, but many in the media had speculated that Tillman wanted to put a new stamp on the franchise.
Though Tillman did not name a replacement for Barrett at Monday's news conference, it's believed he's interested in hiring Kent Austin. The former Saskatchewan quarterback spent three seasons as the offensive co-ordinator for the Toronto Argonauts before being fired last August.