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Desjardins will front Ottawa's CFL franchise

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MARCEL DESJARDINS is getting a second shot at being a CFL general manager.

A CFL source requesting anonymity said the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group will name Desjardins the new GM of the city's CFL expansion franchise. The announcement will be made today at a news conference.

Desjardins, a native of Burlington, Ont., has spent the last four seasons as the Montreal Alouettes assistant general manager. Desjardins was the GM of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2007 before returning to Montreal.

Overall, Desjardins has spent nine seasons as the assistant to Alouettes general manager Jim Popp. The hiring of Desjardins in Ottawa is hardly a surprise as he's been mentioned as a leading candidate for the GM post for roughly the last eight months.

The new Ottawa franchise will operate with a new name, as a condition of the city's return to the CFL was that the new club not use the Rough Riders team name.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 30, 2013 C8

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