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Dickenson staying put with Stampeders

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CALGARY -- For Dave Dickenson, the decision to sign a three-year contract extension to remain with the Calgary Stampeders was an easy one.

While Dickenson has aspirations of one day becoming a head coach in the CFL, he decided that now wasn't that time.

"One of these days, yeah hopefully I can take that step to a head coach," said Dickenson, who was in the conversation for head coach vacancies in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa. "I didn't allow any offers nor did I get any offers. Other people called to talk and I just politely said I wasn't interested. It wasn't whether it would have happened or not. It wasn't important to me. It wasn't something that I wanted to even entertain."

Instead, Dickenson agreed to stay on as offensive co-ordinator with the Stamps, while also taking on the role as assistant head coach under his mentor John Hufnagel.

"I spoke with Huf and told him that I'd like to stay if we could make it work," said Dickenson, who has run Calgary's offence for the past three seasons, helping the Stamps lead the CFL with 1,595 points scored over that span. "I'm very happy to be back. It was a commitment to me that the club came to me and asked what my future was going to be and I really wanted to be here.

"I didn't want to move. The other opportunities to me weren't exciting. This is the place I wanted to be and my family wants to be. The organization to me is top-notch."

Hufnagel has no doubt Dickenson will eventually follow in his footsteps to become a coach in the CFL.

"We both played quarterback (and) we were offensive co-ordinators," said Hufnagel, when asked about the similarities in their career paths. "We've got two out of two and there will be a day I'm sure it'll be three out of three."

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 29, 2013 C4

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