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Redblacks extend contracts of general manager Desjardins and head coach Campbell

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Redblacks signed general manager Marcel Desjardins and head coach Rick Campbell to multi-year contract extensions on Wednesday.

Desjardins has served as architect of the CFL team since its inaugural season in 2014 while Campbell guided the club to an East Division title last season. The Redblacks had a 12-6 record in the regular season and reached the Grey Cup game before falling to the Edmonton Eskimos.

"Both Marcel and Rick are top-quality football men who have established a culture of excellence within our football organization," said Jeff Hunt, sports president of the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group. "The results speak for themselves. We know that we'll succeed with Marcel and Rick, which is great news for our organization and for our fans."

Desjardins, a Day 1 employee, made several key acquisitions early in 2015, including offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers and receivers Greg Ellingson, Brad Sinopoli, Ernest Jackson Chris Williams and Maurice Price. They meshed well with a core group that included quarterback Henry Burris, who won the league's most outstanding player award.

"Continuity is important for a football team," Desjardins said in a release. "It helps us build on our past successes while establishing a winning tradition in Ottawa. I'm thankful to the Redblacks ownership group for giving me the opportunity to be part of that process.

"To be able to work with a quality group of people on both the football and business sides of OSEG is what makes my job so fulfilling."

Campbell, who joined the Redblacks in December 2013, was named CFL coach of the year last month.

"We have a solid group of coaches and players here in Ottawa and we're all committed to the long-term success of the franchise," he said. "This is a great football city, our players love playing here and other players and coaches around the CFL have taken notice of that."

The Canadian Press

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