Eric Tillman hired as consultant by Tiger-Cats

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Friday that Eric Tillman has joined the organization as a consultant.
Eric Tillman is rejoined with Kent Austin after being hired as a consultant by Hamilton. (Ian Jackson/Canadian Press)

Eric Tillman is back in the CFL.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Friday that Tillman has joined the organization as a consultant. The Edmonton Eskimos fired Tillman as their general manager last November.

Tillman, 55, has an extensive CFL resume, having served as an executive or GM with the B.C. Lions (1993-'94), Toronto Argonauts (1997, '99), Ottawa Renegades (2002-'04), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2006-'09) and Edmonton (2010-'12).

Tillman was charged with sexual assault Jan. 27, 2009 in an incident involving a 16-year-old girl in Regina. Tillman pleaded guilty to the charge Jan. 4, 2010 and was granted an absolute discharge the following day. As a result, he received no criminal record but  resigned as Riders GM on Jan. 8, 2010.

His hiring in Hamilton isn't a surprise as Tillman previously hired Ticats vice-president of football operations/GM/head coach Kent Austin as a head coach in Saskatchewan. They won a Grey Cup together with the Riders in 2007.

Tillman, a three-time Grey Cup winner, joins a Ticats front office that includes Danny McManus (director of U.S. scouting), Drew Allemang (director of Canadian scouting) and Shawn Burke (director of football administration).

"I'm excited about working with this group," Austin said in a statement. "Our front office features a combination of individuals with incredible experience and bright, young minds who will contribute to the success of this team.

"I feel very strongly about the collective abilities of our football operations department."