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Roughriders' coaching job down to Argos' Mace, Bombers' Pierce

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders' vacant head coaching position has come down to two names as Toronto Argonauts defensive coordinator Corey Mace and Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive coordinator Buck Pierce remain candidates, according to TSN's Farhan Lalji. 

Lalji adds that Scott Milanovich, currently working as the senior assistant coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, is no longer in the mix for the Riders job.

Mace, a 37-year-old native of Port Moody, B.C., became the Argos' defensive coordinator in January of 2022 and helped them win the Grey Cup that year before going a CFL-best 16-2 in the regular season in 2023. 

Mace played in the CFL as a defensive tackle, winning the Grey Cup with the Calgary Stampeders in 2014. 

After a long career as a quarterback in the CFL, Pierce was named the Bombers' running back coach in 2014 and eventually was named their offensive coordinator in 2020. 

The 42-year-old was a part of the Blue Bombers' coaching staff for their 2019 and 2021 Grey Cup titles. 

Pierce played nine seasons in the CFL from 2005 to 2013. 

Head coach Craig Dickenson was fired last month after a second consecutive sub-par campaign of 6-12. Dickenson recorded a 34-34 record over four seasons in Saskatchewan, losing in the West Final in each of his first two seasons.