TORONTO — It seems Scott Milanovich has made quite an impression on the Toronto Argonauts.
The CFL club has re-signed the rookie head coach to a contract extension less than a year after hiring him according to a league source requesting anonymity.
The Argos were expected to make the announcement official at an afternoon news conference.
Milanovich joined the Argos after five seasons as an assistant coach with the Montreal Alouettes and promptly led Toronto to a 9-9 record and second spot in the East Division.
Toronto hosts the Edmonton Eskimos in the conference semi-final Sunday, the club’s first home playoff contest since 2007.
The extension is certainly a firm commitment by the Argos, who reportedly signed Milanovich to a three-year deal last December to assume coaching duties from Jim Barker.
Barker stepped away from the sidelines to concentrate on being Toronto’s full-time GM and one of his first jobs was to hand-pick Milanovich as his successor as head coach.
The Argos’ decision to grant Milanovich an extension suggests Barker is also staying put with the CFL club despite speculation Eric Tillman, fired last week by Edmonton, would end up in Toronto this off-season.
Barker and Milanovich have long been considered a package deal and it wouldn’t make sense for Toronto to commit further to Milanovich, then be on the hook to continue paying him long term if a GM replacing Barker wanted to hire his own head coach.
Barker still has a year left on his current deal.