He has a feel for life at the top of a pro football club and Jim Bell says it was an honour just to be asked to take over the post, even temporarily.
Bell was named interim president of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers the same day that Lyle Bauer resigned as president/CEO of the CFL club last month and the vice-president of finance and administration has been adjusting to his new post.
"Right now, I just consider it a privilege to be in this position," Bell said yesterday. "I have a passion for this club and accept it with the utmost humility."
The Bombers board of directors is still defining the responsibilities of both the full-time president and vice-president of football operations, now being served by Ross Hodgkinson.
"The whole framework within will have to be investigated," said Bell.
Should the board decide to give the job to Bell full-time, it would have to hire a new bean counter.
"One man can't do both jobs," he admitted. "As the guy in charge, you've got your hand in the planning of every department and all of the vice-presidents of the club report to you."
Bell worked closely with Bauer for the past seven seasons but Bauer has had no involvement during the transition.
"Lyle has moved on," Bell said. "I have a lot of respect for Lyle, no question, but I've been fortunate here in that I have been able to get involved in things like the store. On the football side, I can go to Ross for that kind of stuff."
Although Bell would not say so, you can bet he would love to take on the job full-time. Meanwhile, he is working on the job at hand.
"We really want to give the fans something to look forward to in 2010," Bell said.
GLENN RE-UPS: Former Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn has signed a contract extension with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. So has QB Quinton Porter.
Glenn and Porter threw for a combined 4,839 passing yards and 24 touchdowns in 2009.
ALS LOSE KR: Montreal Alouettes kick returner Larry Taylor -- the CFL's top special teams player last season -- has signed with the NFL's New York Jets. The 5-foot-6, 177-pound Taylor returned 89 punts for a CFL-high 788 yards (8.9-yard average) and two touchdowns last season. The CFL All-Star also averaged 20.8 yards on 51 kickoff returns.