From Pedersons latest post (s)
1 - AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT: It may be way too soon to predict the Saskatchewan Roughriders will announce their offensive and defensive coordinators this week however head coach Corey Chamblin hinted seven days ago that, if things fall into place, he could have the O.C. hired by this week. Rumours abound that Chamblin's #1 choice is Paul Lapolice and it appears the feeling is mutual. Sportsnet's Arash Madani added fuel to the fire on Friday's SportsCage on 620 CKRM by reporting the latest of what he knows.
Madani said B.C. Lions GM Wally Buono has declared he's in no rush to name his new head coach and a Sportsnet report late last week stated the front-runner for the B.C. job is Jeff Tedford. Madani said Lapolice isn't prepared to wait around for the Lions' decision and if the Saskatchewan offer is too his liking, he's prepared to sign here. All signs point to the star of TSN's Coaches Playbook returning to the Wheat Province. Having said that, there are still several options out there for the Riders to pick from.
2 - AS FOR THE DEFENSE: Chamblin brought up on multiple occasions in his Tuesday media scrum that he himself is a candidate for the vacant defensive coordinator position. While I was told over the weekend Chamblin is also strongly considering Mike Benevides for the job, some players have told me Chamblin might as well give himself the position. They feel Corey's in control of the defense anyway, and they're comfortable with that scenario.
3 - THE COMMISSIONER SEARCH: With Mark Cohon's early exit from the Commissioner's office taking place in January, the search for his replacement must have accelerated. TSN's Jock Climie has been rumoured to be in position for the job while some have suggested Argonauts executive Mike "Pinball" Clemons could be an ideal candidate. Who knows if the search committee will suggest either one of these guys but there seems to be an appetite for a "football guy" for the position. So far I haven't heard of a timetable for an announcement.
4 - SAME GOES FOR THE RIDER PRESIDENCY: Has there been a more secretive search than the one for Jim Hopson's replacement as President & CEO of the Saskatchewan Roughriders? There have been NO names disclosed publicly but they must be getting close to a decision. Some of the shortlist candidates have told me they've been informed that they won't be getting the job. Since we're halfway through December, you'd have to think an announcement will be made some time in January.
Meanwhile interviews are being conducted this week for the next head coach of the University of Regina Rams. From what I can gather, Calgary Stampeders assistant coach Marc Mueller is not in the mix. Mueller has been tight-lipped on the subject but told me Sunday, "I'm very happy with where I am".
While surfing Twitter on the way back from California on Thursday I saw the ridiculous rumour that Paul McCallum had applied for the Rams coaching job. Turns out the Vancouver reporter who broke the "scoop" meant former Rams lineman Tom McCallum.