You may be on to something.
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It has been suggested the Hamilton Tiger-Cats brass should woo the architect of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' 2007 championship season.
The idea does have merit. The Tiger-Cats should give Eric Tillman a call.
The popular speculation revolves around Kent Austin, who was the Roughriders' head coach when they won the Grey Cup five years ago.
It would not be surprising to see the Tiger-Cats aggressively pursue Austin, who is now an Ivy League head coach with Cornell.
But why not begin by hiring the person who hired Austin in Saskatchewan?
Would Tillman's presence not enhance the Tiger-Cats' chances of landing Austin and, in turn, emerging from the doldrums?
Sure, some additional costs would be involved, but Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young is a billionaire. Plus, if money was the factor, the Tabbies would have retained the highly paid George Cortez -- who was cashiered on Tuesday after one season as the CFL team's head coach.
Keep in mind that larcenous transactions have also worked in Tillman's favour.
In 2007, for example, he robbed the Tiger-Cats blind while acquiring receivers D.J. Flick and Chris Getzlaf, offensive lineman Wayne Smith and tailback-returner Corey Holmes in a pair of deals, while surrendering very little.
From the Roughriders' perspective, Hamilton should have been dubbed Steal-town.
Also remember the tone for the storybook season of 2007 was set when Tillman made his shrewdest move of all -- naming Austin the head coach.
In that respect, the Tiger-Cats may choose to emulate Tillman.
They should go one step further and hire him.