CALGARY -- Tom Wright's office could be vacant for quite some time.
In fact, it's possible the CFL will not have a new commissioner until next spring.
Although the league's brass has known for exactly four months that Wright will be leaving his post at the end of the year, the search committee is still waiting for a complete list of candidates.
"We have engaged a third-party (headhunting) firm to help us with (replacing Wright) and they are gathering names now," said Edmonton Eskimo president Rick LeLacheur, who is part of the search committee.
"We will have a meeting at Grey Cup, but we will not have somebody by the end of the year. That is pretty clear.
"I would be quite happy if we had somebody going in to either the annual general meeting at the end of April or prior to training camps."
Instead of meeting at the Grey Cup to discuss the search for a new ringleader, the CFL should have put itself in a position to announce a new boss.
With the national sports media gathered in Winnipeg and the spotlight firmly on the league, the timing would have been perfect to introduce the new face and his ideas for the future.
"In a perfect world you would like to have somebody start right away," admitted LeLacheur.
"But a search like that takes time, no matter how you go about it.
"Tom was committed to this year, so it wasn't an emergency. And he has not operated as any type of lame duck."
When Wright officially leaves on Dec. 31, chairman of the CFL board of directors Gene Dunn - a Winnipeg Blue Bomber board member - will become the acting commissioner on an interim basis.
Cashing in ...
Proving how little impact Joe Jackson had with the 1978 Eskimos, his hairpiece is the only memorable characteristic that comes to mind for equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak.
But 28 years after his only season in Edmonton, Jackson's name has reappeared because his Grey Cup ring is for sale on eBay.
Primarily a practice-roster player who didn't play in the championship game, the linebacker's ring has attracted a $2,000 US bid.
Finish lines ....
Shaun Suisham is back on the open market for the Edmonton Eskimos to lure. The 24-year-old non-import kicker - who's CFL rights belong to Edmonton - was released from the San Francisco 49ers practice roster last week, just a few days after being signed.
"IN A PERFECT WORLD YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOMEBODY START RIGHT AWAY. BUT A SEARCH LIKE THAT TAKES TIME, NO MATTER HOW YOU GO ABOUT IT."
- ESKS PRESIDENT RICK LELACHEUR ON FINDING A NEW COMMISH
Jonathan Huntington's Top 10 players ...
... from yesterday's Semifinal Sunday
QB Michael Bishop (TO) - Replacing Damon Allen, Bishop comes off the bench to throw two touchdowns - including the game winner - in the fourth quarter to become the Argos' saviour against the Bombers in the East semifinal.
RB Kenton Keith (SK) - On a dry track at McMahon Stadium, Keith simply ran away from the Stampeders - and delivered the turning point of the West semifinal by romping 76 yards for a TD on the first offensive play of the second half. The Riders suddenly trailed by two.
WR Matt Dominquez (SK) - Made the most important catch of the day in Cowtown, hauling in a high, hard
Kerry Joseph 22-yard rocket in the end zone with three seconds remaining in the first half.
DB Orlondo Steinauer (TO) - Seals Toronto's win with a beautiful interception with 44 seconds remaining, stepping in front of Charles Roberts.
DT Scott Schultz (SK) - Put one of the major nails in Calgary's coffin by stripping Henry Burris on a third-down gamble in the third quarter. With the Stamps driving inside the Saskatchewan 20-yard line, a touchdown could have turned the game.
RB Charles Roberts (WPG) - An all-star and goat in the same game. Roberts was the only reason why Winnipeg was in a position to win yesterday until collapsing in the fourth quarter. Blink had 179 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns. But he fumbled late, leading to Toronto's game-winning score.
WR Arland Bruce (TO) - With Tony Miles on the sidelines, Bruce still beat Winnipeg's defence for 138 yards and a TD on four catches.
LB Maurice Lloyd (SK) - Sensational performance at linebacker: two tackles, three special teams tackles, a quarterback sack and a forced fumble.
DB James Johnson (SK) - The Stamp offence repeatedly challenged the rookie, but never broke through. In fact, Johnson got the last laugh with two interceptions and a pass knockdown.
KR Markus Howell (CAL) - The best Stampeder on the field. A 57-yard punt return major gave the Red-and-White an 11-5 lead in the first half. Another 40-yard return later in the half set up a Henry Burris score to make it 21-5.