There are two big morsles that Hamilton football fans are chewing on.
Firstly, head coach Kent Austin confirmed yesterday that starting quarterback Zach Collaros will not be healthy enough to start game 1 of the regular season on June 23.
Austin, who by the way, says he’s okay after being admitted to hospital Tuesday night, says Collaros is still recovering from his ACL surgery.
That leaves Jeremiah Masoli and Jeff Mathews to compete at training camp for the opening night gig against the Argos at the revamped BMO Field in Toronto.
Hamilton’s home opener comes a week later on Canada Day against the Lions.
No word whether Zach will be under centre for that game.
But word is McMaster football coach Stefan Ptaszek will be patrolling the sidelines as the Ticats new offensive coordinator.
The 45-year-old Burlington native became Mac’s head coach in 2006 and the team has done nothing but dominate the OUA since.
He led the Marauders to their first and only Vanier Cup championship in 2011 and guided the team to two more title games in 2012 and 2014, losing both times.
The 2012 CIS football coach of the year would be a nice replacement for Tommy Condell, who abruptly left the Cats just weeks before CFL training camps open.
Getting Ptaszek is a big checkmark for the Ticats… but a big downer for Mac.