Tom Wright emerged from day-long CFL meetings seemingly unscathed yesterday.
Despite rampant speculation that the CFL commissioner's days are numbered because some governors are dissatisfied with his performance to date, Wright spent the day working on how to improve the league. And he felt no need to address his own immediate future.
"I have heard that speculation, but I don't spend any time thinking about it," Wright said during a supper break. "I was hired to do a job, that's my focus. I continue to work hard in that area. I didn't take the job because I thought it would be an easy job. I took it because I thought it would be an important job. If you take a look at where our league is today, versus where it was two or three years ago, and I think we've come a great distance. And I would be the first to say that I played a small role in that.
"The real strength of our renaissance of our football league lies with our clubs ... I played a small role in it. Do I feel that I will continue to play that role? I absolutely do."
The board of governors, which will determine Wright's fate, is not meeting here. Although some governors are here, there was no vote of confidence offered to Wright.
"It wasn't even on the agenda," Wright said. "I think I have excellent support. I don't spend my time worrying about those things. I spend my time worrying about how we can build our business, how we can engage our fans better, how we can ensure that we've got a business model where all nine teams will eventually make money. It's going to take some time."
RETURNEES? Although offensive lineman Mike Abou-Mechrek (Ottawa) has reportedly agreed to contract terms to return to the Blue Bombers, Winnipeg head coach Jim Daley said, "I'm not aware it's a done deal yet."
Bomber GM Brendan Taman did not return messages left yesterday.
Meanwhile, Daley indicated that veteran centre Moe Elewonibi will likely return next season.
Daley met with free-agent linebacker Ryland Wickman yesterday.
RULING: Several suggested rule changes will be discussed at today's officials meeting. Those to be discussed include a proposal to waive the point awarded on a missed field goal if the ball flies through the endzone in the air and scrimmaging the ball at the 25; charging a 10-yard penalty for a receiver going offside as opposed to five yards; and penalizing a team for punting the ball out of bounds.
HASHMARKS: Although Bomber president/CEO Lyle Bauer has lost his voice after undergoing radiation treatments, he still attended yesterday's CFL meetings ... DE Tyson St. James, a free agent who played for Winnipeg last year, will reportedly sign with B.C., joining former Bomber head coach Dave Ritchie there.