When Greg Gary told friends he was going to take over the University of Toronto football program, a few of them were taken a tad aback.
The Varsity Blues? Canada’s laughingstock? The guys who last decade broke the all-time record for consecutive losses (49) and have gone 13-106-2 since last making the playoffs in 1995?
“Yes, there were people who said ‘Greg, that’s going to be a tough haul, that’s going to be tough sledding down there,’” says Gary now, sitting in his nice office at the south end of Varsity Stadium.
That part about the office is important, because it’s next to a dressing room that would make the Hamilton Tiger-Cats jealous, up the stairs from a gorgeous field where, if you listen hard enough, you can just faintly hear the echoes waking up from a long, long slumber.
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(On a side note, it’s a bit funny to me that two guys responsible for resurrecting storied football franchises in Toronto are both from Hamilton, both formerly associated with TiCats, and both involved in the transport business.)