Greg Mohns, seen in 2000 with B.C., was a key CFL figure who will be missed.A remarkable element of the CFL is how many American coaches dedicate decades of their life to this league in one position or another. That's the case with Greg Mohns, the famed CFL coach and executive who passed away from throat cancer Wednesday and was remembered fondly by people around the league. Mohns worked with the early-90s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the U.S.-expansion era Memphis Mad Dogs, the Doug Flutie-led Toronto Argonauts, the Damon Allen-led B.C. Lions, the Allen-led Argonauts and more recent Toronto squads, and both colleagues and old rivals had great things to say about him in the wake of his death all too soon at 62. Mohns gave much of his life to the CFL, and he made a substantial impact in this league. That should be remembered.
Mohns' football career started long before he crossed the border into Canada, of course. He played offensive line at smaller schools like Bradley University and Baker University in the late 1960s and early 1970s, then served as first a graduate assistant and then a full-time assistant coach with the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1972-1979. He then worked as an assistant at Arizona State before taking over the head job at Ventura College, where he went 15-3-2 in two seasons of community college competition before joining the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs as a scout. He'd spend most of the 1980s with Kansas City, but then headed north of the border in 1991, and it may be his CFL tenure for which he's most famous.Read More »from Greg Mohns, former Argos’ executive and Lions’ head coach, remembered fondly across CFL