The Toronto Argonauts are preparing to fill two key positions with a couple of well known names.
CFL sources say head coach Michael Clemons will step down at the conclusion of this season and be replaced by defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler.
Meanwhile, former Ottawa Renegades president Brad Watters is the leading candidate to replace outgoing Argo president Keith Pelley. Watters declined comment on Wednesday, saying only that he was focused on his duties overseeing the upcoming 2007 Grey Cup in Toronto.
Stubler's CFL career began back in 1983 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but he has also coached in Edmonton and B.C. He also coached in the U.S. college ranks and the Arena Football League before becoming Toronto's defensive co-ordinator in 2003.
Under Stubler, the Argos have consistently ranked among the league's best defensive teams with a system that focuses on eliminating big plays by the opposition.
Watters, a Toronto native and son of former Toronto Maple Leaf executive Bill Watters, is currently president of the National Lacrosse League's Toronto Rock, along with his Grey Cup and other sports marketing duties.
According to a source, Clemons had promised Argo owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski that he would remain as head coach through the end of the 2007 season. While it is likely Clemons will remain with the Argos in some capacity, he is apparently not a candidate to replace outgoing team president Keith Pelley.
Clemons, first named coach in 2000 before resigning at the end of the 2001 season to become team president. By halfway through the 2002 season he was back on the sideline where he's remained every since, leading Toronto to the playoffs each year and the Grey Cup title in 2004.
The Argos have this week off after earning a bye for finishing first in the East Division. Toronto will host the winner of Sunday's East Division semifinal between Montreal and Winnipeg.