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Former CFL coach Gary Etcheverry out as head coach at University of Ottawa

Gary Etcheverry at a news conference in Toronto on Wednesday Jan. 23, 2002.

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Gary Etcheverry is out as the head football coach of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

The school announced Sunday that Etcheverry had been released as its interim football coach. No immediate replacement was named.

"This is a change that we do not take lightly in any way," Colin Timm, the school's Assistant Director of Programs for Sports Services, said in a statement. "We need to ensure that we are putting ourselves in a position to move this program forward.

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"It had become apparent that in order to do so we needed to take this action."

The move comes a day after Ottawa (0-5) dropped a 32-25 decision to Queen's, the Gee-Gees remain last in the OUA standings.

Etcheverry, a former head coach of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts and a long-time defensive co-ordinator in the league, had been on the hotseat at Ottawa for implementing a non-traditional double-wing offence.

The Gee-Gees travel to Toronto to face the Varsity Blues on Saturday.

In its statement, the school said it hopes to select a permanent head football coach following the Grey Cup on Nov. 25 in Toronto.

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