Mike Benevides will not coach in the CFL in 2015, meaning the Saskatchewan Roughriders are still looking for a defensive coordinator and that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers likely will go with Richie Hall as their's.
Benevides, the former BC Lions head coach, was offered the defensive coordinator position by the Riders during the holiday season. He was also in talks with Winnipeg to run the Blue Bombers defence.
But in a text message to Sportsnet on Friday morning, Benevides indicated he will stay out of the high-pressure professional football environment next season, opting for more family time in 2015.
"I've decided that the best decision for me at this time is to focus on being a husband and a father," Benevides wrote.
Saskatchewan parted ways with Hall at the end of the 2014 season. Winnipeg the same with Gary Etcheverry in December.
On New Years eve, Sportsnet reported that the Blue Bombers and Hall were negotiating contract terms to make him the team's next defensive coordinator. It is believed both Benevides (from Saskatchewan) and Hall (Winnipeg) were offered two-year terms from each team.