Tiger-Cats release Lancaster Jr.

At least one Lancaster won't be returning to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats next season.

The Canadian Football League club has released offensive co-ordinator Ron Lancaster Jr.

"I'm not bitter," said Lancaster, who spent six seasons in Hamilton.

His contract will be allowed to expire at the end of this month, along with those of the team's other assistants.

"I'm just disappointed that we couldn't have done more this year."

Lancaster Jr. could be headed to Winnipeg after reportedly talking to Blue Bombers head coach Dave Ritchie last week about the team's vacant offensive co-ordinator's job.

"I was flattered that he thought I did a good job here in Hamilton," said Lancaster, who was head coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons from 1993 to 1995. "We just talked in general about the position."

Meanwhile, no announcement has been made regarding Ron Lancaster Sr., who may not return as Hamilton's head coach/director of football operations.

His three-year deal signed last December became void after the Tiger-Cats were sold in October to Hamilton-born businessman Bob Young.

In six seasons since becoming the 17th head coach in Tiger-Cat history, Lancaster has compiled a 51-56-1 record, including two Grey Cup appearances, one of them resulting in a Grey Cup victory over Calgary in 1999.

The Hamilton changes may be at the behest of Young, as he attempts to revive a 1-17 team.

Among others said to be in the running for the Winnipeg offensive co-ordinator job is Ottawa quarterback coach Kent Austin and former Ticat and Toronto Argonauts co-ordinator John Jenkins.

Lancaster Jr. also could be considered for the same position in Toronto if Adam Rita becomes the team's general manager.

with files from Canadian Press