"Lang admitted that during his presentation to athletic director Tom Kendall he offered to work for mere pocket change; the equivalent of four quarters.It's a unique arrangement, to be sure.
"That's right. Lang offered to work for a buck. That little gold coin you save for pesky panhandlers and conveniently placed vending machines.
" 'I thought, "well, that’s creative," ' Kendall said Tuesday after announcing Lang as Kyle Walters’ replacement. 'But we can’t do it.'
"Instead, Kendall said Lang will make somewhere between $55,664 and $83,496 — otherwise known as grid P05 of the university’s professional/management salary bands effective May 2007-May 2010.
"And then Lang will promptly donate somewhere between $55,663 and $83,495 back to the football program.
" 'That’s confidential,' Lang said when asked how much he’ll pour back into the perpetually cash-strapped program."
"Guelph gets a proven winner on and off the football field for next to literally nothing. Lang, who played hockey and football at Queen’s University, won a Yates Cup with the Golden Gaels and five Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos. After his playing career, Lang was president of his family-owned company CCL Label International, which had previously recorded $1 billion in annual sales.I’ll buy that coach for a dollar (Greg Layson, Guelph Mercury)
"Gryphons football and its players receive that wealth of experience, a winning attitude, leadership and nearly a 100 per cent return on its annual investment ... the money Lang donates back into the program will be used to hire two full-time coordinators, staffing virtually unheard of at a school of Guelph’s size.
" 'Give me two days and I can come up with the perfect play,' Lang said. 'But I can’t do it in two seconds.'
"For that reason, Lang said his offensive co-ordinator 'will have to be the smartest guy on the coaching staff.' "