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                 === Burke to remain Bombers coach in 2013 ===
 
 Winnipeg,  MB  (Sports Network) -  The Winnipeg  Blue Bombers have removed the
 interim tag from Tim Burke and named him full-time head coach.
 
 Burke  was promoted  from defensive  coordinator  to interim  coach when  Paul
 LaPolice  was fired in late August. He will remain head coach through the 2013
 season.
 
 "Tim  has done a great job at leading this football team since taking over the
 position  in August and our players have shown a great deal of respect for him
 and  his coaching style," said Bombers general manager Joe Mack in a statement
 on  Thursday.  "We believe that by  naming him head  coach now, he will have a
 full offseason to implement his own system and style of coaching and will give
 us a head start on bettering our team for next season."
 
 The  Bombers were  2-6 when  Burke  took over  and will  head into  Saturday's
 regular-season  finale  against Montreal at 5-12  with no hope of reaching the
 playoffs.  Winnipeg entered this season off an appearance in the Grey Cup last
 year.
 
 Burke  first  joined the  Bombers as  defensive coordinator  in 2011. He spent
 three  years  in the same  role with Montreal,  helping the Alouettes to three
 straight Grey Cup trips and back-to-back championships in 2009-10.
 
 "I  am more than  ecstatic to be the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers,"
 Burke  said in  a statement.  "I've waited  a long  time for  this and  I look
 forward  to  having the opportunity  to lead this  football team. I believe in
 where  this  organization is headed  and I can't wait  to get started on doing
 what  I can to  improve on our record from this season and bring the people of
 Winnipeg and fans of this team back to the Grey Cup."
 
 Burke's  CFL experience  also includes three seasons with Calgary as defensive
 backs  coach and an interim defensive coordinator stint with the Stampeders in
 2007.
 
 11/01 11:33:57 ET

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