It has been 10 days since the Canadian Football League had their terrific Grey Cup, and already there is news when it comes to off-field personnel. The British Columbia Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats made some very interesting decisions this past week.
The Lions made headlines when they announced that Wally Buono is not done coaching as of yet. He has agreed to stay on with the Lions for one more season as their head coach. Buono is the Canadian Football League’s all-time leader in coaching wins with 273. He has 42 more wins (and now counting) than the late Don Matthews.
Buono however will have less power when it comes to football decisions. That is because he will no longer be the Lions general manager. Those responsibilities will now belong to Ed Hervey, who was the Eskimos general manager from 2013 to 2016. In 2015, the Eskimos won their first Grey Cup in a decade when they beat the Ottawa Redblacks 26-20 in the Grey Cup.
It will now be interesting to see the dynamics of the Buono/Hervey relationship. Hervey was criticized in his time with the Eskimos for closing the dressing room to the media on practice days, and for his opposition to coaches wearing TSN microphones on selected game nights.
Meanwhile in Hamilton, the Tiger-Cats have taken the interim tag off of June Jones. After starting the season at 0-8, the Tiger-Cats actually had a winning record of 6-4 over their last 10 regular season games. In a rather weak Eastern Division, the Tiger-Cats could definitely contend for a division title in 2018.
Finally, in other CFL news, former head coach Ron Meyer passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76. Most remember Meyer for coaching the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, but for one season in 1994, Meyer coached the infamous Las Vegas Posse. He was in fact Anthony Calvillo’s first coach in the CFL. Not too many people may remember Meyer with the Posse, but most Canadians might recall the worst musical rendition of O Canada in the history of professional sports. Prior to a 32-22 Posse overtime win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Las Vegas on July 16, 1994, Dennis Casey Park sang O Canada to the tune of O Christmas Tree. For a hilarious and embarrassing trip down memory lane, please click here.