Former Ticats OC Tommy Condell joins Argos

The Toronto Argonauts have hired former Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive coordinator Tommy Condell as a “special advisor.”

The team announced the move Friday night, just hours after head coach Scott Milanovich resigned to take a job with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Condell’s hiring was included in release confirming Milanovich’s departure.

Condell resigned suddenly from his post with the Ticats last April, citing the “best interests of my family.” But the Condells maintained their residence in Hamilton and there was chatter around the league that tensions between Condell and head coach Kent Austin were a factor in his departure. He spent three seasons with the club, coming on board when Austin took over as general manager and head coach in 2013. The two men also coached together for three seasons at Cornell University before joining the Ticats.

In Condell’s final season with Hamilton, the Tiger-Cats had the CFL’s top ranked passing offence and were second in points scored, despite starting four different quarterbacks  –Zach Collaros, Jeff Mathews, Jacory Harris, and Jeremiah Masoli –  due to injury.

Condell’s addition comes at the end of a tumultuous week for the Argos in which president and CEO Mike Copeland fired general manager Jim Barker then saw Milanovich depart for Jaguars. With free agency set to open on Feb. 14 and scouting for the draft well under way – many CFL front office types are at the Senior Bowl this weekend – the Argos said Condell would “support the Argonauts with player personnel matters.”