Taaffe fired from CFL gig

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The Charlie Taaffe era with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is over.

After a 5-23 record in a little more than a season and a half, it’s probably for the best for the former Maryland offensive coordinator who worked under Ralph Friedgen from 2001 to 2005.

It would appear from this column in the Toronto Globe & Mail that the Ticats are easily the most dysfunctional football franchise north of the border. So it sounds like Taaffe was far from the biggest contributor to the lousy record.

Don’t be shocked if he resurfaces somewhere in the next year or so at the college level. He wanted to get on Bill Stewart’s staff at West Virginia, but Hamilton blocked him from leaving by citing his three-year contract. Of course, that contract didn’t prevent a pink slip.

So while Taaffe isn’t talking just yet – those who covered him in College Park know one question could often spawn an detailed five-minute reply, so the thought of him staying silent is a little odd – it is interesting to note he’ll be on the market for someone to take a chance on when the college coaching carousel begins in the fall.

Patrick Stevens

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