Glen Suitor sees two front-runners for lead CFL on TSN play-by-play job

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CFL on TSN analyst Glen Suitor needs a new partner in the broadcast booth following the departure of Chris Cuthbert.

Cuthbert moved from the three-letter network for the opportunity to call Stanley Cup games with Sportsnet. That left a major role to fill at TSN when Canadian football games return to the airwaves.

“I haven’t got the notice as to what the decision is at this point, but there’s still lots of time for that. The candidates if you just did the math, you’re looking at Gord Miller, Rod Smith as the two front-runners,” Suitor said on TSN 1040 radio in Vancouver.

Cuthbert joined TSN in June 2005 and called 16 Grey Cups, his last was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers triumph in November 2019. Miller and Smith both have experience calling CFL games for TSN.

The former is well-known for his World Junior Championship and NHL calls. Meanwhile, the latter has been a mainstay on SportsCentre since 1995 along with CFL panel hosting duties.

“It depends on their schedules, what they want to do and are they even interested. Either way, if it’s either one of those two guys it’s outstanding,” Suitor said.

“Gord is absolutely excellent as a play-by-play man. He’s fantastic in hockey, but also great in football — very quick, great at executing that job. Big daddy Rod, he’s got the great roots in Canadian college ball and he’s the real deal, he loves the game.”

While the network processes the final call as to who will pair with Suitor to be the lead team in the booth for CFL games, TSN is preparing for virtual Grey Cup week November 16 to 22. TSN and RDS will spend the week delivering special events and programming online and in socially distanced environments.

“I don’t know if I’m breaking news and I may have been told not to say this, but oh well here it goes — I can’t remember if I was or not,” Suitor said.

“We’re going to have in-depth programming Grey Cup weekend on TSN that we’re working on right now.”