It seems the Toronto Argonauts can't find a successful head coach whose nickname doesn't rhyme with "Win-ball."
Since Jim Barker was let go after a 9-9 season in 1999, these are the records of Argo head coaches, in order of best winning percentage to worst:
Mike Clemons 68-55
Rich Stubler 4-6
Gary Etcheverry 4-8
Bart Andrus 2-7
John Huard 1-6-1
Don Matthews 0-8
In summary, coaches not named Mike Clemons have gone 11-35-1 for the Argos since 1999.
First, let's be clear, Clemons isn't coming back this season.
He's been far too removed from the scene this season to wind up back on the sidelines. And while taking nothing away from Mike's ability as a coach, part of his strength was his willingness to designate responsibilities to strong, experienced assistant coaches. The current Argos staff simply doesn't have those in place.
So, given their struggles finding a head coach, and given their troubles scoring points, would it be fair to suggest the Argonauts blew it that day in 2006 when they fired Kent Austin as offensive co-ordinator?
Austin was the logical head coach-in-waiting, the offensive co-ordinator in 2004 when the Argos won the Grey Cup and the following year when Damon Allen won his only Most Outstanding Player Award.
But instead he took the fall for the Argos struggles in 2006, eventually surfacing as head coach in Saskatchewan whom he led to a Grey Cup victory in 2007.
Now, in his second year as offensive co-ordinator at Ole Miss, Austin is one of the hottest assistants in college football. The Rebels have a No. 6 ranking in the NCAA and Austin's offence just hung 45 points on the University of Memphis in Saturday's season-opening win.
For a team that's had a lot of trouble scoring, that's a number that has to make Argo fans a little jealous.