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Lions to interview Riders special teams coordinator Craig Dickenson for head coaching job

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B.C. general manager Ed Hervey is scheduled to interview current Saskatchewan Roughriders special teams coordinator Craig Dickenson for the Lions head coach job, per sources.

Dickenson has been the Riders special teams coordinator for the past three seasons. Under Dickenson’s guidance in 2018, the green and white tied a franchise record with four return touchdowns while Canadian kicker Brett Lauther had a resurgent campaign making 54-of-60 three-point tries (90 per cent) including a long of 56 which led to West Division all-star honours. The 47-year-old’s return units led the league in total yardage (3,028), long gain returns (13) and the cover teams were strong.

The Lions season ended in an East semifinal loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats which was the final game for CFL legend Wally Buono. Hervey is already on the hunt for the Leos’ next bench boss.

Dickenson has spent 16 seasons in the CFL, 13 as a special teams coordinator. Current Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea is the last man to make the jump from special teams coordinator to head coach in 2014.

Dickenson is the older brother of Dave Dickenson, who has compiled a 41-11-2 regular season record in three seasons as the Calgary Stampeders bench boss.

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