Bison in good Standing?

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

He may be one of the first men Standing in some kind of secret new CFL procedure.

Both Jeff Standing, the University of Manitoba punter/placekicker, and UBC receiver Nathan Beveridge -- who were passed over in last month's CFL Canadian draft -- have reportedly signed with B.C. One report claims that they can attend training camp without counting towards the Lions' roster limit, just as if they had been drafted. Free agents who sign after the draft usually count.

However, one CFL source claimed that the new procedure has not been finalized and declined further comment.

The bottom line is that Standing will at least get a shot at cracking a CFL roster this year.

"That kid will press there," Bisons head coach Brian Dobie said yesterday. "He's got a really strong leg. He punts the ball like (Hamilton's) Jamie Boreham.

"He might be a little raw because he'd been out of football for a couple of years before coming here (to replace Boreham)."

40.8-YARD AVERAGE

Standing punted for a 40.8-yard average last season and connected on nine of 19 field goal attempts. Standing, who hails from Chilliwack, B.C., could not be reached for comment.

RAY CHASE: Quarterback Ricky Ray reportedly asked for his release from the New York Jets so he could revive his career instead of sitting on the bench. Should he clear NFL waivers today, Ray would become a free agent and will explore his NFL options before returning to Canada. A number of CFL teams have already expressed interest, including the Eskimos, Toronto and Hamilton.

"We'd be crazy not to be interested," Tiger-Cats GM Ron Lancaster Sr. told Sun Media, but he had not discussed the Hamilton QB situation with head coach Greg Marshall since QB Doug Flutie decided to stay in the NFL.

Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman could not be reached to gauge any possible Winnipeg interest in Ray, who would likely demand in excess of $400,000 per annum.

LIP ZIP: Matt Dunigan, you may be surprised to learn, has been sitting quietly in his home in Calgary ever since the Stampeders fired him as head coach/GM in November.

"When I got let go, I chose not to say anything," the man with the gift for gab told Sun Media after TSN announced that it had re-hired Dunigan for CFL telecasts. "I didn't want to get caught up in the same redundant scenarios that happen when people get released and fired. I didn't have much to say so I kept my mouth shut."

Dunigan, who had maintained a home in the U.S. in past off-seasons, apparently fell in love with Cowtown and is currently coaching his son's baseball team.

LOST WAGES: Former Bison SB Mike Faisthuber lost $1,500, possibly outside of the Future Shop near the U of M, just after withdrawing it from the bank before heading back up north where he is teaching. If anyone has found it and is looking for the rightful owner, please contact Dobie at 204-474-9627.


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