Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Benevides Doubts He'll Ever Get over Disappointment of Being Fired by Lions

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Benevides Doubts He'll Ever Get over Disappointment of Being Fired by Lions

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Benevides says dismissal by Lions still hurts

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TORONTO - Time hasn't cured what ails Mike Benevides and he doubts it ever will.

The longtime CFL coach is attending the league's national combine this weekend working again with TSN. Benevides' first stint with the all-sports network came during Grey Cup week in Vancouver, less than two weeks after being fired as the B.C. Lions head coach.

Benevides said Saturday he's still not over the dismissal.

"No, I don't think you ever get over that," the 46-year-old Toronto native said. "It's part of what the world is and we know what we signed up for.

"Certainly that will be something that will never go away."

There were other coaching opportunities as the Saskatchewan Roughriders offered Benevides their defensive co-ordinator's position. He also talked with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers about a similar position but opted to spend 2015 with his family.

"It's been very different, it's like nothing I've ever experienced," Benevides said. "When January, February come around you get together with your staff so it's been very different.

"But it's been very good for me and my family. It's been refreshing and rejuvenating and certainly the priority is family. That's why I've done what I've done."

Benevides was relieved of his duties following B.C.'s 50-17 road loss to the Montreal Alouettes in the East Division semifinal. It ended a disappointing 2014 campaign that saw the Lions (9-9) finish fourth in the West Division without injured starter Travis Lulay.

The Lions began the season aiming to become the fourth straight franchise to win the Grey Cup on home soil. They began the streak in 2011 before the Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders both followed suit.

But B.C. lost its final two regular-season games by a whopping 70-19 margin before finishing its campaign with the one-sided playoff defeat. …

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