Ravens may put search for defensive co-ordinator on hold, Sumarah says

With an offensive co-ordinator and offensive line coach in place, naturally, Steve Sumarah and the reborn Carleton Ravens football squad have turned their attention towards hiring a defensive co-ordinator.

Rumours have been rampant and a hiring seemed imminent in recent weeks, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case.

“I’m not sure what path I’m going to take on that right now,” Sumarah told me this afternoon. “I may wait on it. I’m not 100 per cent sure.”

Sumarah’s tone has changed considerably since we last spoke in April. At the time, he said he was hoping to have someone in place within the month.

When pressed today, Sumarah said he did have a shortlist of candidates, but now he’s unsure of it.

“I did, but I’m not sure that’s the direction I want to go,” he said. “It’s kind of an odd scenario. I just want to make sure at this stage that we have the absolute best fit.”

One of the major challenges is that many coaches have already made commitments for the upcoming season, Sumarah said. The Ravens don’t begin play until 2013.

“I talked to one guy and I’m not sure if he’s in a situation to take it at this time,” Sumarah said. “We’re kind of now in a situation where maybe I’m a better off to wait until the end of the season so that way it opens up more candidates.”

Leroy Blugh and Danny Laramee have both been linked to the job. Blugh is currently the defensive line coach at Queen’s, while Laramee was the defensive co-ordinator for Saint Mary’s from 2008-2010 (under Sumarah).

At this point, Sumarah said he has no timeframe for the hiring.

“It would be great to have everything in place but sometimes those things don’t happen exactly the way you’re hoping.”

In other Ravens news, Thomas Timlin, who was hired as the team’s manager of football operations back in September, is no longer with the team.

“He was in a seven, eight-month role to kind of get things off the ground,” Sumarah said of the former Ravens all-star. “He did a good job for us to get things on the move.”

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