Wally Buono is leading Montreal’s search for the next Alouettes general manager and Danny Maciocia would listen if Buono reached out.
“Wally’s my mentor, he’s one of my mentors. Wally and I are very, very, very good friends, we do speak occasionally. If a phone call would come, would I take the call? I would definitely take the call, especially if it came from Wally Buono,” Maciocia said on TSN 690 radio in Montreal.
“I just don’t want to get caught up in all that little fiasco that I got caught up with not too long ago because there is no winners in all of that. But to take the call, I would definitely take call, especially from someone like Wally.”
Maciocia turned down an offer from the Alouettes to become the team’s president in December 2016. Maciocia described the hiring process and what went into his decision in a Q&A with 3DownNation. He is currently the head coach for the University of Montreal football team.
“What’s important here is that there is alignment from ownership to the president to the general manager and to the head coach. If there’s no alignment than the honeymoon will be short-lived,” Maciocia said.
The Carabins played in the 2019 Vanier Cup against the University of Calgary, losing 27-13 to the Dinos after Montreal won the Quebec Conference showdown in the Dunsmore Cup versus Laval. Maciocia is the only coach to win a Vanier Cup and Grey Cup.
His CFL coaching career started in Montreal spending five years with the Alouettes from 1996-2001. The following season Maciocia joined the Edmonton Eskimos. He was promoted to head coach in 2005, guiding the Esks to a CFL championship and earned the general manager position in 2008.
During his stint as GM in Edmonton, Maciocia accumulated a 25-33 record while going 1-2 in the playoffs. His teams made the playoffs two out of three years, but during his fourth season Maciocia was let go five games into the 2010 schedule and he’s been out of the CFL ever since.
Down the way in Montreal, Maciocia watched from afar as Khari Jones led the Als to a 10-8 record and first post-season appearance since 2014, breaking a franchise-long streak being out of the playoffs which was four years. Jones’ contract was scheduled to run out at the end of 2019, but Montreal has agreed to a three-year deal with the bench boss.
“Is he deserving? Absolutely. He was outstanding, he was nothing short of outstanding and I told him so. I know Khari, I had an opportunity to work with him at training camp, he was a quarterback with us back when I was with Edmonton when Ricky Ray and Jason Maas were there,” Maciocia said.
“Unfortunately we weren’t able to keep him as a third quarterback back then, but I know him really well. He’s come to a few of our games and I’ve actually had supper with him I think about a month-and-a-half, two months ago.”
Jones needs a GM and the fact he met Maciocia recently adds to the intrigue surrounding the open position in Montreal.