Yes, he said he's been thinking of possible candidates for quite awhile and has someone in mind. Which also means that he's known for awhile that Desjardins was gone. No time frame other than to suggest sooner than later. He said BY was onside with the firing too.
During the interview, Scott Mitchell also said that Charlie Taaffe and Dan Rambo are the only two football operations people with contracts extending beyond the end of this year and that the new GM will be given full authority to keep them or bring in his own people.
After listening to Mitchell on the FAN, I was glad to hear that someone in this organization is finally admitting that the whole 5 year rebuilding thing is a load of crap. There are many examples of teams in the CFL finishing out of the playoffs one year and coming back to compete for a Grey Cup the next year. Toronto and Hamilton were bankrupt at the same time. Toronto has won a Grey Cup since then. Granted, they started with more talent, but I think the real key is that they have much better and deeper football operations management talent. We have enough Canadian talent to compete effectively in the CFL, we need to secure better import talent. This is an area the last three administrations have failed miserably at.
I always chuckle when I hear organizations talk about 5 year plans and a "policy and procedures manual." In this day and age with a new info gadget coming out almost weekly it seems, I don't know if anyone could plan anything accurately beyond about a couple of months.