Oh, for pity’s sake. Running a team is a business (and a shaky business in the CFL), not a communal charity.
If either Ottawa or Winnipeg gave permission for contracted coaches to interview elsewhere (even for promotions) at this point in the game, all it does it transfer Saskatchewan’s problem to someone else. Free agency is a couple weeks away, and a vital coaching piece is missing. Then, suddenly, it’s Winnipeg or Ottawa that has to worry about attracting (and keeping) quality players with a black cloud of uncertainty floating overhead. Oh, but SK’s problem is solved, which is what really matters for the “good of the league.” Give me a break.
Any executive with an ounce of sense will deny that request in two seconds. The fact that SK played nice with LaPolice in 2010 means that they made a mistake, not that it’s the way things should be.
And if the coach in question decides to sulk over the realities of business, then that’s his problem. Those of us who work under contracts are very familiar with non-compete clauses, which effect much the same thing. Yes, it gets in the way sometimes, but a contract is a contract. I signed it with my eyes wide open. Like pro sports, power is skewed toward management. Don’t like it? Do something else.