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TORONTO -- The 2013-14 off-season is going to be a hectic one.

With the addition of the 2013 Ottawa REDBLACKS Expansion Draft, general managers across the league will be hard at work over the next couple of weeks, in hopes of securing their best options for what’s going to be a historic day in the CFL.

For some teams, however, the Expansion Draft isn’t the only pressing item on their to-do lists.

As is the case in virtually every other off-season, coaching vacancies need to be filled both on a head and assistant level.

Here’s a look at each team’s sideline situation, along with which available coach might be a good fit.

BC Lions: After it was announced that Jacques Chapdelaine and Rich Stubler would not be returning to the team in 2014, the Lions are in the market for a new offensive and defensive coordinator.

And while nothing appears to be set in stone at the moment, News 1130 Sports in Vancouver has reported that the Lions have asked for permission to speak with Roughriders offensive coordinator George Cortez about the vacant OC spot. Meanwhile, Lowell Ullrich of the of the Vancouver Province believes it's possible that Paul LaPolice is a viable option as well, should he elect to leave his position at TSN.

The station has also said that BC head coach Mike Benevides has “5-6 names on his list.”

As for Stubler's old position, Ullrich states that defensive backs coach Mark Washington is expected to be named as his replacement.

Edmonton Eskimos: General Manager Ed Hervey was quick to replace Kavis Reed, needing just 24 days to hire Chris Jones as the team’s new head coach. Jones, known for his defensive prowess, has yet to comment on what his intentions are to fill up the remainder of his staff.

However, Gerry Moddejonge of the Edmonton Sun believes there are five names high up on Jones’ wish list. Among them are Craig Dickenson, Doug Berry, Stephen McAdoo, Jason Tucker and Jason Maas.

Montreal Alouettes: In Montreal, The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky believes that it’s still possible that Jim Popp returns as head coach. Zurkowsky has also stated that the Alouettes have approached Paul LaPolice to fill their offensive coordinator position.

Ottawa REDBLACKS: After being named head coach last week, it appears that Rick Campbell isn't wasting any time filling out his staff. According to Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald, the REDBLACKS are expected to name Stampeders offensive line coach Mike Gibson as their offensive coordinator.

Fan Comments
LaPo is one of the good guys....if he heads to the sidelines I will miss his 'coaches playbook' especially when him and Matty looked at game film. Awesome segment addition by TSN!!!
December 11, 2013 - 1:47pm
als rule
ottawa to announce that calgary Oline coach mike gibson is their OC!!
December 10, 2013 - 4:02pm
als rule
for those of us who have followed the movement of assistant coaches to HCs the above article has presented us with no new info!!
December 09, 2013 - 9:47pm
als rule
glen johnson promoted to take over from tom higgins and has to be able to do a better job than higgins did!!
December 09, 2013 - 9:47pm
If everything plays out as it appears it looks like the ARGOS will have a new coaching in place also by default !! Hope Scott M. is looking for some good replacements for the guys likely to leave the good Argo ship.
December 09, 2013 - 8:04pm
George should stay in Riderville until a head coaching job comes open. Anything else would be pointless.
December 09, 2013 - 2:26pm
GC Bound
Boy, it's as quiet as a tomb in Saskatchewan about the future of "George Cortez in Saskatchewan".
Will he stay in Sask. for a GC Repeat??
December 09, 2013 - 1:39pm
als rule
the montreal alouette website is reporting the the als have signed their current DC noel thorpe to a 2 year contract extension and also promoted him to assistant HC!! also signed to a 2 year contract extension is OQC coach ryan dinwiddle!! all the rest of the 2013 assistant coaches are slated to return in 2014!! now if all this news doesn't tell you that GM jim popp returns as the HC in 2014 then nothing will!!
December 04, 2013 - 1:46pm
same old - same old !! enough said
December 04, 2013 - 10:53am
als rule
absolutely 100% correct!! same old same old!!
December 04, 2013 - 12:18pm
Same old, same old what?
December 04, 2013 - 1:59pm
als rule
same old what?!! your kidding right?!! RE-CYCLED COACHES!! NOTHING NEW!!
December 04, 2013 - 2:40pm
I like the idea of George Cortez as OC in Montreal to work with Troy Smith. If BC can ask to speak with him about an OC job, so can Montreal. I see LaPolice landing in Ottawa.
December 03, 2013 - 4:51pm
als rule
oh please not george cortez let him go to BC!!
December 03, 2013 - 5:18pm
Back at it AL.....Cortez just added to a Grey Cup win, just sayin
December 03, 2013 - 10:07pm
Burris had his best season in 2012 under Cortez, and Cortez improved Durant's play and stats a lot. He has to be given credit for that. I am not suggesting HC but OC.

Jim Popp seems to taking a bit of time to make up his mind whether to stay on as HC.
December 04, 2013 - 8:47am
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