B.C. Lions coach Leroy Blugh leaves team to attend to personal and health matters

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B.C. Lions head coach Rick Campbell has lost a trusted member of his staff for the 2021 season.

Defensive line coach Leroy Blugh will return home after starting training camp with the team.

“Leroy informed us he is returning home to attend to some personal and health matters. We thank him for all of his contributions to our football club over the last year and a half and wish him all the best in the future,” Campbell said in a statement.

The Canadian Football Hall of Famer coached with Campbell in the nation’s capital from 2014 to 2018, helping the Redblacks win a Grey Cup in 2016.

The 55-year-old was the head coach at his alma mater Bishop’s University from 2005 to 2010 and he was the defensive line coach at Queen’s University in 2011 and 2012 before joining the Edmonton Elks’ staff in 2013.

As a CFL player, Blugh played 15 years with Edmonton and Toronto, and won a Grey Cup in 1993. He was named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1996. The 1989 first round CFL Daft pick was named a West Division all-star twice in his career.