Eski­mos part ways with as­sis­tant Bene­v­ides

Times Colonist - - Sports -

ED­MON­TON — Mike Bene­v­ides is the lat­est ca­su­alty of the new CFL non-player op­er­a­tions cap.

The Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos an­nounced Fri­day that Bene­v­ides will not be re­turn­ing to Ja­son Maas’s coach­ing staff for the 2019 sea­son.

Bene­v­ides had been the team’s as­sis­tant head coach and de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor since Maas took over as Eski­mos head coach in 2016.

Prior to join­ing the Eski­mos, Bene­v­ides spent three sea­sons as head coach of the B.C. Lions (2012-14).

“I will truly miss the amaz­ing fan base and peo­ple of Ed­mon­ton, the re­la­tion­ships I’ve built with the play­ers and all those in the Ed­mon­ton Eskimo or­ga­ni­za­tion, as well as work­ing for Ja­son,” the Toronto na­tive said in a state­ment.

Eski­mos gen­eral man­ager Brock Sun­der­land said in a state­ment that the team couldn’t come to terms with Bene­v­ides on a salary that would fit un­der the non-player foot­ball op­er­a­tions salary cap an­nounced by the league on Thurs­day.

The cap, set at just un­der $2.59 mil­lion for the next two sea­sons, has al­ready had a marked ef­fect on the league.

The Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers an­nounced Wed­nes­day that the team and as­sis­tant vice-pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions and player per­son­nel John Mur­phy were part­ing ways.

On Thurs­day, the Mon­treal Alou­ettes an­nounced they were not re­new­ing the con­tracts of de­fen­sive back coach Billy Parker, re­ceivers coach Ja­son Tucker, as­sis­tant of­fen­sive line coach Chris Mosley and de­fen­sive as­sis­tant coach Cris Dish­man. Scouts Eric Des­lau­ri­ers and Russ Lande were also not re­tained.

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