Ticats’ Steinauer likely to be a top candidate for head coaching jobs

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With two CFL head coaches already fired this season, expect to hear Ticats defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steniauer’s name among the potential replacements when the 2015 ends.

Whether he’s available, however, remains to be seen.

Late last year, Steinauer was quietly signed to a contract extension that included the 2015 and 2016 seasons. As part of that agreement — which provides an unusual measure of job security for a co-ordinator — a no-movement clause was included.

But general manager and head coach Kent Austin retains the right to grant permission for Steinauer to interview with other clubs.

The B.C. Lions made some initial inquiries about interviewing Steinauer for their head coaching vacancy last winter, a position that ultimately went to Jeff Tedford.

Both Montreal, who fired Tom Higgins last week, and Saskatchewan — where former Ticats defensive co-ordinator Corey Chamblin was let go on Monday — could be looking for permanent replacements at season’s end.

“It’s not common there’s two coaching changes out of nine teams — that’s a unique year that doesn’t happen often,” Steinauer said. “But I don’t have any comment on any vacancies that may or may not be available at the end of the year.

“We’re coming off a loss, and the focus is on Toronto.”