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Tiger-Cats hire veteran CFL executive Tillman as consultant

TSN.ca Staff

3/8/2013 2:12:40 PM

HAMILTON, Ont. -- Eric Tillman is back in the CFL.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Friday that Tillman has joined the organization as a consultant. The Edmonton Eskimos fired Tillman as their general manager last November.

Tillman, 55, has an extensive CFL resume, having served as an executive or GM with the B.C. Lions (1993-'94), Toronto Argonauts (1997, '99), Ottawa Renegades (2002-'04), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2006-'09) and Edmonton (2010-'12).

His hiring in Hamilton isn't a surprise as Tillman previously hired Ticats vice-president of football operations/GM/head coach Kent Austin as a head coach in Saskatchewan. They won a Grey Cup together with the Riders in 2007.

Tillman, a three-time Grey Cup winner, joins a Ticats front office that includes Danny McManus (director of U.S. scouting), Drew Allemang (director of Canadian scouting) and Shawn Burke (director of football administration).

"I'm excited about working with this group," Austin said in a statement. "Our front office features a combination of individuals with incredible experience and bright, young minds who will contribute to the success of this team.

"I feel very strongly about the collective abilities of our football operations department."