not only will a loss to the ALS, on saturday, kill all the renegades playoff hopes, but will ensure paopao doesnt get his 8 wins.
heres an article from the ottawa citizen:[url=http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=cc383148-0401-499d-9175-078cd2781f97]http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawaciti ... 8cd2781f97[/url]
The Ottawa Renegades head coach next season will be one of two men: John Jenkins or Joe Paopao.
The Citizen has learned that the Renegades have recently given Mr. Jenkins, the club's director of U.S. scouting, contractual guarantees that he will be on the sidelines in 2006 should Mr. Paopao be dismissed as coach and general manager, which most observers expect.
It is believed that Mr. Jenkins' aspirations to coach next season led to the clause, which was added some time after he signed a one-year contract in July. If not hired as head coach, Mr. Jenkins will be free to leave his personnel role with the Renegades.
Around the CFL, word is spreading that Mr. Jenkins is recruiting assistant coaches and a support staff. Reached yesterday in Arkansas, Mr. Jenkins strongly denied those claims, calling them "lies."
According to one story, Mr. Jenkins approached a Toronto Argonauts equipment employee last month and offered him a job in Ottawa. Mr. Jenkins admits a conversation took place, but said it was innocent. "It was a conversation in passing," he said. "It was 'How you doing?' and that's about it."
Mr. Jenkins admitted, however, that he wants to return to coaching and expects to have opportunities after the current football seasons on both sides of the border conclude.
"I would certainly entertain that. I am a coach," said Mr. Jenkins. "I've been coaching for 30 years. I really do enjoy what I'm doing right now, but I do consider myself a coach."
Meanwhile, while much mystery has surrounded Mr. Paopao's contract, the Citizen has learned that he does not require eight wins to trigger an extension for 2006.
The contract refers to "no more than 10 losses," meaning the Renegades would have to win or tie their two remaining regular-season games to secure Mr. Paopao's salary for next year.
With 18 games in the regular season, the wording may seem like hair-splitting, but it answers a pertinent question that has surrounded the club all season.
Any coaching change would have meant paying Mr. Paopao for 2006, and only after the club's 11th loss could he be let go without any compensatory obligations.
Renegades president Lonie Glieberman continues not to comment on the team's coaching future.
Since taking over the team just days into training camp, majority owner Bernie Glieberman has entrusted his son and executive vice-president of operations Forrest Gregg with all football decisions, including the hiring of Mr. Jenkins.
But when the Renegades improved to 5-3 in mid-August, there was some desire from ownership to extend Mr. Paopao's contract.
Whether that was driven by the elder Mr. Glieberman, minority owner Bill Smith, or both parties is unclear.
The Renegades proceeded to lose seven of their next eight games and are now on the brink of postseason elimination.
They must win two games and hope the Saskatchewan Roughriders lose next weekend to earn an inaugural playoff berth.
Asked about his future over the course of the season, Mr. Paopao has consistently said that it is out of his control and that his only option was to work hard and hope the team had success.
Mr. Jenkins, who has been as assistant coach with five CFL teams, is considered an eccentric in football circles.
A disciple of the run-and-shoot passing offences, he is best known for his stint at the University of Houston Cougars in the late 1980s as offensive co-ordinator and later head coach.
The Cougars set passing and scoring records, including a 95-21 pummelling of the Gregg-coached Southern Methodist University Mustangs.
After brief popularity in the NFL and major U.S. college ranks, the run-and-shoot has faded away with few exceptions.
Mr. Jenkins employed the scheme in Calgary last season as offensive co-ordinator, but was fired after six games.
Mr. Jenkins said yesterday that he took the fall for then head coach Matt Dunigan and president Ron Rooke, hoping his departure could save their jobs.
i can't say i disagree with the decision to fire Paopao. how do u go 5-3, then lose 7 of 8?????