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                      === Tiger-Cats fire coach Cortez ===
 
 Hamilton, ON (Sports Network) - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Tuesday that
 George  Cortez has  been relieved of his  duties as head coach and director of
 football operations.
 
 "After a thorough evaluation of our organization and our goals moving forward,
 we  have determined  that  a change  in direction  is  needed," said  Hamilton
 president Scott Mitchell. "We want to thank Coach Cortez for his contributions
 to the Tiger-Cats and wish him well in his future endeavors."
 
 The  Ticats went 6-12  in their lone season under Cortez, who had never been a
 head coach at any level previously.
 
 Prior to joining Hamilton last January, Cortez spent two seasons in the NFL as
 the  Buffalo  Bills' quarterbacks  coach.  His  lengthy coaching  career  also
 includes stops in the CFL with Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Saskatchewan.
 
 
 12/11 15:09:13 ET

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