Varsity Blues exodus continues

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Knox becomes third coach to leave Varsity Blues program in past year.

The coaching exodus continues at the University of Toronto.

Weeks after Tom Flaxman resigned as Varsity Blues Offensive Coordinator, Greg Knox has followed suit.

Yesterday, the Varsity Blues announced Knox’s resignation as the team’s Defensive Coordinator and issued the following statement:

“The University of Toronto Varsity Blues announce today that Greg Knox has resigned his position of defensive coordinator.”

“Knox joined the football team’s coaching staff in 2013 and had been a part of the program’s successful rebuilding process over the last year.”

“The University of Toronto wishes Coach Knox all the best in his future endeavours.  The search for a new defensive coordinator begins immediately.”

Knox was hired to the position on May 21st, thus only staying 10 months as Defensive Coordinator.  Previous to the Varsity Blues, Knox spent seven years with the McMaster Marauders in the same position.

A two-time Grey Cup champion as a member of the Calgary Stampeders, Knox helped guide McMaster to the university’s first Vanier Cup title in 2011 – his second CIS banner after winning one as a player with the Laurier Golden Hawks (1991). During his playing career with the Calgary Stampeders (1992-99), Knox was a captain for several seasons, CFL All-Star in 1994 and Tom Pate “Man” of the Year Award nominee for outstanding sportsmanship, dedication and contribution to the league. After winning his second Grey Cup in 1998, Knox retired but stayed active throughout the league.

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This latest departure marks the third coach to leave the Varsity Blues football program within the last year under Head Coach Greg Gary.  Last March, Donnavan Carter left the Defensive Coordinator position to take on a similar role with the Windsor Lancers.  

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Then exactly one month ago (February 18th), Flaxman resigned from the Varsity Blues.  However, it did not take long for Flaxman to find a new home as he was hired by the Western Mustangs as an assistant coach on March 6th.


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