“The point is there should be a period where coaches are able to interview for other jobs without needing permission to do so. Up until the agreed upon date, teams doing the hiring should be required only to give notice to the team that employs the candidate.”
This makes sense to me, although I think there should also be a proviso in the case of an emergency — a coach passes away for example — whereby a team can make an urgent request to another team and not have that request dismissed out of hand because it’s past the deadline.
It really is a tough situation for the CFL and its coaches. The pay, while not chump change, isn’t near what a coach can make in the NCAA, and there is no pension. Under those conditions it’s pretty hard to fault a coach for wanting to secure his family with a high paying job. Though you have to have the feels for the team that loses him. I’m not a 'rider fan, but gosh that’s a tough pill to swallow when you lose your coach like that. On the other hand, they poached him from Edmonton, so maybe what goes around comes around.