Argos fire Andrus

The Toronto Argonauts pulled the plug on the Bart Andrus experiment Monday.

The Toronto Argonauts have fired first-year head coach Bart Andrus Monday

TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts pulled the plug on the Bart Andrus experiment Monday.

The CFL club fired its head coach after posting a league-worst 3-15 record this season. The move comes less than a year after the Argos raised eyebrows by hiring Andrus, 51, even though he had no previous CFL coaching experience.

President Bob Nicholson, who wasn’t with the club when it hired Andrus in January, wouldn’t say that decision was a mistake, even though Toronto finished the year losing its final eight regular-season games. But Nicholson added the organization erred in not insisting Andrus hire assistants with CFL experience.

“We should’ve been more insistent upon that,” he said. “We gave him a lot of flexibility bringing a non-CFL coaching staff in.

“Again, a lot of those guys worked very hard, they’re great teachers. But they certainly had a lot lacking in experience that we probably should’ve had.”

Nicholson said the Argos’ coaching search begins immediately with no timetable in place as to when Andrus’ replacement must be in place.

Nicholson wouldn’t divulge who is on the club’s radar, but added that finding a coach with CFL experience is a priority.

The struggling franchise has been in a holding pattern while co-owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski figure out whether they want to hold on to the team.

Toronto will be paying two head coaches in 2010 as Andrus has another year on his deal, with a 2011 club option.

Just Posted

One strong wind leaves years of replanting work for Red Deer parks staff

High visibility boulevards already replanted, neighbourhood work starts next year

Red Deerians await local cannabis stores

So far 31 stores in Alberta awarded licence to operate

Rimbey RCMP seek missing man with health concerns

Has anyone seen Bill Harris of Ponka County?

Central Alberta born jaguar dies

Mia was the first jaguar in the world to receive stem cell treatment

Updated: Two men facing kidnapping charges in connection with abduction

48-year-old woman was allegedly abducted in Red Deer on Oct. 17

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Local Sports: Rudy Soffo valuable to Kings on the court

When Rudy Soffo first saw the RDC basketball Kings roster he was… Continue reading

Except for 1 kick, Saints, Ravens are evenly matched

BALTIMORE — In a matchup between the league’s highest-scoring offence and top-ranked… Continue reading

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

WASHINGTON — After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television… Continue reading

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West enter Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE — Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and… Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

LONDON — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration… Continue reading

Canada deemed U.S. a safe country for asylum seekers after internal review

OTTAWA — Canadian immigration officials have determined that the United States remains… Continue reading

Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets

MONTREAL — Bombardier is suing Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States over… Continue reading

Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean… Continue reading

Most Read