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Argos deny Milanovich will follow Trestman to Chicago Bears


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RICK MADONIK/TORONTO STAR Toronto coach Scott Milanovich, right, shakes hands with his mentor, Marc Trestman, after the Argos defeated the Als to win the CFL East title last season. Trestman has been hired by the Chicago Bears and there is speculation Milanovich will follow him to the NFL team. (Nov. 18, 2012)

The Toronto Argonauts say there’s no truth to rumours that head coach Scott Milanovich will be heading to Chicago to join Mark Trestman’s coaching staff with the NFL team.

The Bears haven’t requested permission from the Argos to speak with Milanovich, Argos spokesperson Eric Holmes told The Star on Friday.

“Scott is also not outwardly seeking another job,” Holmes said. “From our perspective, these rumours about the Chicago Bears are baseless.”

Milanovich was Trestman’s offensive co-ordinator and his right-hand man for four years in Montreal, winning two Grey Cups before leaving the Alouettes to become the Argos head coach in 2012. He has long considered Trestman to be a close friend and mentor.

In his rookie season as the head man, Milanovich led the Boatmen to a Grey Cup win over the Calgary Stampeders at the Rogers Centre.

Before the playoffs, Milanovich signed a long-term contract with the Argos even though he had been on the job for less than a year. He’s the odds-on favourite to be chosen the CFL’s coach of the year when the honour is handed out in March.

Trestman was introduced Thursday as the new Bears head coach. At his news conference in Chicago, Trestman said he expected other CFL coaches to join his staff, which immediately led to speculation about Milanovich seeking to get out of his contract.

Alouettes offensive co-ordinator and offensive line coach Pat Meyer and special teams co-ordinator/assistant coach Andy Bischoff also have been linked to new jobs under Trestman in Chicago.

thestar.com – Sports

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