Riders’ Jeremy O’Day to interview with Eskimos

Saskatchewan Roughriders assistant vice president, football operations and administration Jeremy O’Day is preparing to interview for the vacant Edmonton Eskimos general manager position, per sources.

After O’Day spent 14 seasons playing in the CFL, the final 12 with the Riders, the four-time CFL all-star offensive lineman moved into the front office with Saskatchewan in 2011. He spent four seasons as the assistant general manager. In August 2015 O’Day was named interim general manager for the final nine games of the season. Then he interviewed for the permanent job that off-season, which eventually went to Chris Jones who retained O’Day and added John Murphy as essentially assistant general managers.

O’Day interviewed for the Eskimos general manager job when the team hired Ed Hervey in December 2012.

He won Grey Cups as a player in 1997 with Toronto and 2007 while on the Riders and the 42-year-old earned a Grey Cup ring as a football executive with Saskatchewan in 2013.

The Eskimos unexpectedly fired Hervey last Friday after four seasons at the helm with president Len Rhodes citing philosophical differences.

With the window for CFL teams to interview front office personnel from other clubs closed, Edmonton would have needed permission from both the league and the Riders in order to speak to O’Day and will have to follow the same process should they wish to interview other candidates currently under contract.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.