Source: Ar­gos agree to terms with Popp, Trest­man


Jim Popp and Marc Trest­man are to­gether again.

Two sources said Mon­day the Toronto Arg­onauts have agree­ments in prin­ci­ple for Popp and Trest­man to be­come the CFL club’s GM and head coach, re­spec­tively. Both Popp and Trest­man will meet with re­porters this morn­ing dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at BMO Field.

Popp was pho­tographed sit­ting with Larry Ta­nen­baum dur­ing the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 5-4 over­time win over the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 21 at the Air Canada Cen­tre. Ta­nen­baum is chair­man of Maple Leafs Sports And En­ter­tain­ment, which owns the Leafs, but he is also the Ar­gos co-owner.

Ar­gos spokesman Jamie Dyk­stra de­clined com­ment Mon­day. Popp did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a mes­sage from The Cana­dian Press.

Popp spent 21 sea­sons as the Montreal Alou­ettes gen­eral man­ager (1996-2016), lead­ing the fran­chise to eight Grey Cup ap­pear­ances, win­ning three. Two of those ti­tles came with Trest­man as the club’s head coach (2009-10).

Popp hired Trest­man as Montreal’s head coach in 2008. The move paid off im­me­di­ately as Trest­man led the Alou­ettes to a Grey Cup ap­pear­ance in his first sea­son, los­ing 22-14 to Calgary at Olympic Sta­dium.

Dur­ing Trest­man’s ten­ure, Montreal fin­ished atop the East Divi­sion four times, post­ing a 59-31 reg­u­lar-sea­son record and a 5-3 play­off mark. Trest­man was hired as the Chicago Bears head coach in 2013, a post he held for two sea­sons be­fore be­ing fired af­ter com­pil­ing a 13-19 over­all record.

The Bal­ti­more Ravens hired Trest­man to be their of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor but fired him in De­cem­ber af­ter just 21 reg­u­larsea­son games on the job.

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