News The Don is gone...

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  1. Tundra Mustang

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    This may sound like a dumb question, who did he coach?
     
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    Just about everybody.

    Including the only American team to ever win the Grey Cup (over Doug Flutie and the 1995 edition of the Calgary Stampeders)

    The Don was extremely well-traveled...

    He was an assistant for 6 seasons with the Eskimos in the late-70's and early-80's, then HC in BC for 5 seasons, and, (after being fired by the Lions) was back in Edmonton as their DC for a year, then over to Toronto as HC for one year before joining Orlando of the World League as their HC for a season.

    He returned to Canada later that year as HC of Saskatchewan and remained with the 'riders for 3 seasons before jumping to Baltimore as their HC for 2 more. When the Stallions relocated to Montreal in 1996, he slid over to the Argonauts where he was their Head Coach for the next 3 seasons.

    Tired yet?

    Well The Don sure wasn't.

    In 1999, he returned to Edmonton as their HC for the next 2 seasons, then it was on to Montreal where he was HC from 2002 through 2006 when, partly through that season he abruptly resigned, later citing an anxiety disorder as the reason.

    He resurfaced late in the season 2 years later with the Argos, only to go winless as their replacement HC over the final 8 games of that year.

    He called it quits after that final game, and never resurfaced as a HC in the CFL.

    So where did The Don coach?

    More to the point, where didn't he? ;)

    Oh, and along the way he also managed to pick up 5 Grey Cup wins as a Head Coach with 4 different teams alongside another 5 he picked up as an Eskimos' assistant before his Head Coaching career even got underway.

    Yeah, I guess you could say he was a winner.

    Too bad he beat my team so many times, though...:palm:

    TM
     
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    Quite the journeyman coach, very well traveled. Oh yeah Doug flutie
    Saw him in the USFL back in the 80's. he wore number 20 with the
    Stamps.
     
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    My favourite Don memory; he needs a turn-over, late in the game, his opponent is forced to punt, he sends twelve, no returner!!
     

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