Redblacks defensive backs coach Greg Knox leaves team to pursue job outside football

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The Ottawa Redblacks defensive backs coach Greg Knox has left the team to pursue a job outside of football.

Knox was originally hired by the team in January of 2020 and served one season on the staff of head coach Paul LaPolice. In a difficult 2021 campaign, the Redblacks’ defence allowed the most points per game through the air of any CFL team and the highest completion percentage, while finishing second worst in passing yards allowed per game.

Knox arrived in Ottawa after a stellar career coaching at the Canadian university level, most recently serving as the defensive coordinator at the University of Alberta. Prior to that, Knox served as the defensive coordinator for the McMaster University Marauders and helped them reach three Vanier Cups, including winning a national championship in 2011. He also spent one season as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive backs coach in 2015.

Knox spent parts of three seasons as head coach at McMaster. He was fired in October 2018 after being summoned to a meeting with the university’s human resources department. That followed an investigation by the school into an incident with an official in a game exactly one month before the day of his release. Details of that interaction have not been released or explained.

During his playing days, Knox played university football with the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks, winning a Vanier Cup in 1991. Knox won the Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 1992 and 1998 and was a two-time CFL all-star.