Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Eric Tillman Now Eskimos GM, Edmonton Opinions Split

The HQ has detailed the odd case of the rise and fall of a very talented GM in Eric Tillman. He was GM of the Green Riders, helped assemble the talent to get them a Grey Cup, and was on staff for a follow-up that had them one play away from two wins in the CFL title game.

Then, there was the incident with the babysitter- sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while ((as was claimed)) Tillman was under the influence of medication. He was, for all intents and purposes, under house arrest while awaiting the progress of the proceedings. Four days after a guilty plea, he was out of a job. Eventually, he was given a complete discharge, no conviction, and the family of the babysitter forgave him.

Yesterday, Tillman was given the job of a sinking ship in Edmonton. The Esks are 2-8 and are in search of something... anything... to right their rudderless stuff on the field.

Enter Tillman... and enter the division of opinion...

Should Tillman be given a second chance "so soon?" When should he be given a second chance if not now...??? How could the Esks hire "him?"

All that...

Here's Tillman's Q-and-A from Edmonton
((HT: Regina Leader-Post))

Additional coverage of Tillman's hire includes the LP's Robb Vanstone thinking Eric Tillman deserves a second chance...

Tillman joined Jason Gregor in the afternoon on the Team1260 in Edmonton...
That interview is here...

Gerry Moddejonge of the Edmonton Sun was there:

"The football decision was very easy," said Eskimos president and CEO Rick LeLacheur. "However, as we all know, this was not an easy decision. In terms of the community response, it has been a very tough and difficult call."

LeLacheur estimated that up to two-thirds of the phone calls and e-mails received at the Eskimos office were opposed to the decision.

Eventually, the HQ knows the end opinion will only come from results on the field.

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