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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


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Here are some notes from Saskatchewan Roughriders' GM Jeremy O'Day's year-end news conference at Mosaic Stadium on Tuesday:

- (On extending five Canadians) It's very important in the CFL to have quality, young national players.  It's easy to find international players but nationals are more difficult so you want to keep your core and improve on it in the draft.  When injuries occur, it's tough to bring Canadians in off the street.

- He enjoys performing the role of the GM in the interim and making the best decisions for the club's future.  Regarding his own future, it hasn't been a distraction.  He's been kept up to speed with the process of finding a new GM.

- He has free reign to make all personnel decisions, but any major decisions are ran by President Craig Reynolds.  That would be the case with any full-time GM.

- Reynolds has informed O'Day on what the process will be regarding hiring a new GM.  Reynolds will address that situation on Thursday morning with reporters.

- O'Day will be the interim GM right up until the time a new GM is in place.

- It hasn't been hard to deal with players regardless of the team's tenuous situation (no GM or head coach named yet).  Players want to remain with the team into next year.  It's not different than any other year.  Management will have to review the roster and make decisions for the future.  Some decisions are easier than others.

- O'Day hasn't had a formal interview for the GM position yet, but the last two months have been somewhat of an interview.  He feels he's shown he's capable of doing the job and wants to be the man when the search is said and done.

* We'll have a special Remembrance Day edition of the SportsCage on 620 CKRM beginning at 4:00 pm.  I'll be joined by co-host John Lynch and our guests include TSN's Paul Lapolice and NFL Insider Jim Lang.