Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Argos Defensive Back Rico Murray Getting Different Labour Day Look

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Argos Defensive Back Rico Murray Getting Different Labour Day Look

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Murray gets different Labour Day look


TORONTO - Labour Day is going to look much different to Rico Murray.

The veteran defensive back will make his first appearance at Tim Hortons Field on Monday night when the Toronto Argonauts visit arch-rival Hamilton. Murray spent his first four CFL seasons with the Tiger-Cats, appearing in 50 regular-season games.

"The biggest difference is the colours I'll be wearing but the mentality will be the same," Murray said. "There will be some mixed feelings once I get out there on the field, it will be my first game back in that stadium but it will come and it will go and then it's back to football.

"The way I feel about the individuals that are with that franchise, that doesn't change. Football is what we do but I understand the men they have and they understand who I am. Football is one thing but who they are and who I am as a man, there's no question about that."

Hamilton (0-8) hasn't played since a 37-18 home loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Aug. 18. The Ticats will have a new head coach (June Jones) and starting quarterback (Jeremiah Masoli) when they face Toronto (4-6).

But Hamilton is also coming off a contentious week that began with the hiring former Baylor head coach Art Briles. But the move created a firestorm of criticism on social media, forcing the Ticats, with urging from the CFL, to rescind the offer less than 12 hours later.

Briles, 61, was fired in May 2016 as Baylor's head football coach after an investigation discovered the school mishandled numerous sexual assault allegations, including some against football players. But shortly after Hamilton reversed its offer, a letter of support for Briles from Baylor's general counsel surfaced.

Fortunately for the Ticats, their focus returns to football Monday. And for the Argos, that means preparing for the unexpected from an opponent with a new head coach and starting quarterback.

"It's a dangerous opponent because right now you have to be prepared for anything," Murray said. "We can't assume anything, we have to be confident in what we're going to do and the adjustments we're going to make."

Veteran Toronto linebacker Bear Woods agrees. …

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