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Ticats, June Jones have preliminary discussions about coach’s return
Posted on October 31, 2017 by Drew Edwards // 0 Comments
Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones has begun discussions with the team about returning to the sidelines next season.
Jones met with CEO Scott Mitchell last week to set the groundwork for how and when a decision regarding his future with the club will be made.
“We had a long talk we’ve settled on how we’re going to move forward. We’re going to get together in the middle of November and make some decisions,? Jones said. “My general feeling is that we have good thing going. We’ll see what happens.
“I’d like to be back.?
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who was named the starter after Jones took over and has played some of the best football of his career, says Jones’ impact has extended well beyond the playing field
“I would definitely endorse him for any job, not just here and not just football. He’s a great man and I’ve learned a lot from him on and off the field and I definitely feel comfortable playing for him,? Masoli said. “I love the things he brings to the locker room, the family culture and environment.?
Masoli is one of several players slated to be a free agent in February, a list that also includes receivers Brandon Banks and Luke Tasker as well as Canadian defensive tackle Ted Laurent. Jones says he expects things will be clarified in plenty of time for players to take coaching into consideration.
“I don’t want the players to have to deal with it right now but when the players have to make their decisions, everybody will know what the situation is,? Jones said. “Who the coach is going to be is a concern to them before they sign.?
Masoli said he hasn’t given his pending free agency much thought and won’t until the season comes to an end. He stopped short of tying his decision to return to Jones’ future but was unequivocal in his support.
“It’s too early, there’s a lot that has to shake out. The team has to do what they got to do and the season isn’t over yet,? Masoli said. “What he’s done this year, the progress we’ve made, should speak for itself. The whole momentum and swag of the team since he’s taken over is completely different.
“It would a no-brainer for me to bring him back.?
Jones said he’s comfortable with the current front office set up which includes vice-president of football operations Kent Austin and general manager Eric Tillman. Austin has two years remaining on the contract extension he signed 2016 but hasn’t publicly addressed his future.
“I think the situation is pretty positive right now. I’ve been allowed to do my job and that’s all I ask,? Jones said. “I’m not a player personnel guy, I’m a coach. They ask my opinion on players and I give it to him but I want to decide who plays.?
“I think the owner is a good guy, I think Scott knows what he’s doing. I think this place is set up to have a good run,? he said. “They have a really positive flow to how they do things here. It’s all upside to me.?