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.