Former Riders head coach Greg Marshall set to takeover at U of T

Greg Marshall is about to be named head coach of the University of Toronto football team, per sources.

The 61-year-old has spent the last four years at Queen’s as the Gaels defensive coordinator and he has pro coaching experience with Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Hamilton. In 2011, Marshall was named the head coach of the Roughriders, but was fired after starting the season 1-7. He won a Grey Cup as a coach with Edmonton in 2003.

The Oregon State product was a defensive lineman and Philadelphia drafted him in the seventh round in the 1978 NFL draft, he played two games for the Baltimore Colts that year. Marshall signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1980 and spent nine seasons there producing 71 careers sacks and winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award in 1983 which earned him a $2,000 Canada Savings Bond. He was a two-time CFL all-star too.

Marshall brings a pro pedigree to Toronto which is a program in need of a turnaround after going 17-39 over the last seven seasons. U of T hasn’t made the playoffs since 1995 and their last Yates and Vanier Cup championships came in 1993.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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12 Comments on Former Riders head coach Greg Marshall set to takeover at U of T

  1. Lmao Justin you had to use SASK name lol he coached what 8 games for riders then was fired. No one liked him as he called the players his boys lmao best thing they did was fire him.

  2. Hey Barrie the reason for Justin using Sask is that was Coach Marshall”s only Head Coaching gig and the article is about him about to be named Head Coach of U of T that’s the tie in pretty basic to follow! (lmao) ?????

  3. And here I thought we had heard the last of Greg Marshall.

  4. Please Greg – no more!

  5. Mrgalloper // December 25, 2017 at 1:49 am //

    Just another living monument to failure
    in greenville.

  6. I wonder if Greg realized that it wasn’t only his poor coaching that ended his Head Coaching tenure. It was his infamous dumb comments like… “It’s not my job to motivate the players”.
    Another brain fart statement is that of Mrgalloper a comment or 2 above. You can tell his football IQ don sent even match my 11 year old Daughters. It wasn’t but 1 season later the Riders were competinitve and another season later that the Riders won the Grey Cup with the same core of players including the QB that Greg Marshall failed with. Greg never lost the locker room. The fact is he never had it. Not one player ever said anything positive or backed Marshall after his 0-8 start. Funny thing is the Riders won the next few games after he was fired. Including the back to back against Winnipeg. That in itself was the high point of that wasted season. If Marshall doesn’t take responsibility for his failed attempt. His tenure as a head coach at the Univetsity level will be just as bad.

    • Tom Dimitroff Sr was fired by Harold Ballard after an 0-5 start with the Tiger-Cats. Like Marshall, that was Dimitroff’s only CFL HC job but he went on to have a successful 5-year stint as a college coach with the University of Guelph.

      Marshall’s 1-7 season in Regina doesn’t tell us much of anything about how he will do at UofT. Coaches like Lou Holtz, Bobby Petrino and Nick Saban have all flopped as HC in the pros then had successful college careers.

  7. Another attempt to try to save the football program at the U of T. U of T and York have had some pretty bad teams and the problem is every year they are trying to recruit high school football players along with other universities. Less kids playing high school football, it’s sad to see the sport dying.
    Football eating up the university sports budget
    How about an article about the U of T soccer coach

  8. Footballnut // December 25, 2017 at 10:41 am //

    Tfc give it a rest . MLS is 7th ranked league in world . Cfl is #2 just saying

  9. Everybody deserves a 2nd chance. Hopefully Marshall has learned a few things since his last HC job and will turn things around at the U of T. The Toronto region should have a few good players he can get to turn things around.

  10. Greg Marshall always looked like a coach, he had the stance, but it all ended there….999

  11. At least Greg wore Green when coaching the Riders. Keep the current dictator around much longer and the uniforms and all merchandise will be black.

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