Bud Riley passes at 86

- August 6th, 2012

Former Bombers head coach Bud Riley passed away on Saturday in Pentiction, B.C., at the age of 86 after a lengthy illness.

Riley was Winnipeg’s coach between 1974 and 1977. He won more games than he lost and made the playoffs three times, although he failed to win a post-season game.

Riley’s greatest contribution to the Bombers was very likely his son, Mike, who coached the Blue and Gold to a pair of Grey Cup wins in 1988 and 1990. Mike is now the head coach at Oregon State.

Riley’s impact on the CFL was quite evident on Monday based on the number of teams that sent out e-mails informing the media of his passing. Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton all had press releases, and Riley also spent time in Saskatchewan, Toronto and Hamilton.

In other news on Monday …

• The Roughriders signed kicker Sandro DeAngelis. Chris Milo has struggled with the placekicking this season, and head coach Corey Chamblin would prefer to have two men sharing the placekicking and punting duties. DeAngelis has been out of the game for a while, and it’ll be interesting to see how he performs after falling off the map so quickly after he left the Stampeders via free agency.

• The B.C. Lions are for real, that much is certain after their 18-9 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Monday afternoon. Their offence has always been strong under Travis Lulay, and their defensive performance against the Boatmen was impressive. If they can stay healthy, everyone’s pre-season prediction of a Grey Cup repeat is looking pretty good right now.

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