New and more deatailed info on all this from Drew Edwards' blog:
"What the Ticats football ops changes mean
I have a story on WR Adam Nicolson's struggle with concussion problems - he won't be back with the Ticats next season - for tomorrow's paper but the news of the day is the changes to Ticats football ops.
While Danny Mac is certainly the biggest name - he moves from southeast regional scout to head scout - it's largely a title bump: his responsibilities and the reporting structure don't change. I still believe that Danny is being groomed as a possible GM and this does nothing to deter that thinking.
Shawn Burke's moves from director of communications and community relations to director of football operations is perhaps the most surprising. Burkie, as he is universally known, has established and/or expanded most of the high profile and highly successful community programs including Cops and Cats, Hage's Heroes, Be Fit and countless others. He's been outstanding in this role.
As director of communications, Burkie has also been one of main points of contact within the organization, along with media relations director Scott McNaughton. While we've had our disagreements from time to time, I've come to genuinely like and respect him over the two-plus years on the beat. We've learned, I think, to trust each other while recognizing the inherent differences in our roles, working to make sure we both got we needed to be successful.
But all of that doesn't quite explain his move to the very different world of football ops. The reasoning, as it's been explained to me, is that he'll bring his business sensibility to the football side - there's a surprising amount of logistics involved in the day-to-day running of a football team - while learning X's and O's as he goes (although he already understands the league very well in my experience.)
A large portion of Burkie's new portfolio comes straight off the very cluttered desk of new Coordinator of Canadian Player Development and Head Canadian Scout Drew Allemang.
This is the move that interests me the most.
The son of former Ticat Marv Allemang, Drew has been handling both the day-to-day operations and much of the Canadian scouting and now he'll get the opportunity to focus on the latter. That will enable him to travel to games to scout in person (he's done much of his work by film) and develop relationships with coaches in the CIS.
By giving Allemang this opportunity, the Ticats are giving the scouting of Canadian talent more emphasis. Given that non-imports make up roughly half the roster and the fact that the pool of Canadian players is exceedingly shallow, I think the Ticats are wise to give this area more attention. Allemang's appointment comes less than a month after the Argos named Ted Goveia - a guy with Hamilton and Burlington connections - as its new director of Canadian scouting. From a quick scan of the football ops of all eight teams, only the Ticats and Argos someone with defined responsibility for Canadian talent."
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