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VANCOUVER -- The BC Lions Football Club announced today that defensive coordinator Rich Stubler will not be offered a contract extension for the 2014 season.

"I'm grateful for Rich's contributions to our organization as well his personal assistance over the past two seasons and on behalf of our club, I wish him the very best in the future," said head coach Mike Benevides.

Stubler had recently finished his second year as the team’s defensive coordinator after returning to the BC Lions in 2012 following stints with the club in 2000 and 2010.

"We'll immediately begin the process of filling the defensive coordinator postion as we have with the offensive coordinator spot and I am confident that we will have an outstanding staff heading into the 2014 season. Making these kinds of decisions now allows us to speak to a number of qualified candidates and it also affords these gentlemen the time to pursue other opportunites."

The Lions announced on November 27th that they reached a mutual decision to part ways with offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine.

"Both Jacques and Rich are outstanding coaches that will very likely remain in our league, but I believe that we need to move in a new direction on both sides of the ball. We have one goal each season and that is to win a championship for our fans. That goal has not been reached over the past two years and we need to make the kinds of changes that will put us on the path to a Grey Cup."

Fan Comments
The Coach and general manager also should bare some responsibility for how the team performed. I wish Rich well and I know he will be back.
December 09, 2013 - 7:56am
small town argo
He will be the Bombers next DC.
December 08, 2013 - 2:51pm
GC Bound
Well, lets see, Hosting the Grey Cup in 2014 and dismantling the team in 2013!.Mmmmm???
December 08, 2013 - 12:26pm
Orange & Black
Letting two assistant coaches go is HARDLY dismantling the team !!!
December 09, 2013 - 4:39am
als rule
no surprise that now their DC stubler is fired after chapdelaine their OC was fired also!! expect mark washington to become the new DC for the leos!!
December 07, 2013 - 5:51pm
als rule
lions scuttlebutt: rumour has it that if stubler wasn't let go mark washington was leaving!! also leos excited about their chances of landing LaPolice as their new OC!!
December 08, 2013 - 2:27pm
This Old Man
LaPolice would be a very worthy successor to JC. Inspired choice.
December 09, 2013 - 3:22pm