LeFors ready to embark on new career

PAUL FRIESEN and KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 PM ET

Quarterback Stefan LeFors is ready to get on with life after football.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ starter going into last season says he’ll be starting a job at his alma mater in July.

“Unless something changes, I’m headed to (the University of) Louisville to start a new job,” LeFors told the Sun in an e-mail this week.

The only thing that could change his plans would be if the Bombers offer an olive branch.

Winnipeg GM Joe Mack, however, sounded like he was expecting LeFors to make the next move.

“I honestly don’t know what he wants to do,” Mack said Monday, the day he announced the signing of Buck Pierce. “Stefan’s going to have to communicate with us what he wants to do.”

LeFors says he’s done that.

“They know what’s going on,” he said. “The ball is in their court.”

Acquired from Edmonton by former head coach Mike Kelly last year, LeFors was benched just four games into the season, then forced to take a $60,000 pay cut.

He says he still has a bad taste in his mouth from the way he was treated.

The Bombers didn’t offer to rework his deal.

“If you start to do that as a precedent for a club, you start to open up a Pandora’s Box,” Mack said. “But it never got to that point.”

FANS RULE: The CFL on Wednesday confirmed four rule changes for the 2010 season, the most significant pertaining to overtime.

Teams must now go for a two-point convert if they score a touchdown in overtime. Both squads will still get two attempts to score in the extra session.

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice, who was involved in two overtime games last year when he was the offensive co-ordinator in Saskatchewan, understands how fans would feel the two-point convert is more exciting than a kick, but he doesn’t see a great need to break ties.

“It would be an interesting fact to know how many games ended in ties the last 10 years,” LaPolice said.

That number is six, so they’re not exactly prevalent. The only impact on the teams, LaPolice said, is they’ll need one or two more two-point convert plays in their playbooks.

The Bombers should hope games go to overtime, as LaPolice’s Roughriders were 6-for-6 when going for two last season.

The other rules changes, which were spurred by fan recommendations, are:

After the opposition kicks a field goal, teams will have the option of scrimmaging from their own 35-yard line or receiving a kickoff.

No pass interference penalty will be applied if the pass is deemed uncatchable.

When a ball is punted, bounces off the ground and hits a player from the cover team, the penalty will be five yards instead of 15.

MORE LEGAL WOES: Saskatchewan Roughriders kick returner Jason Armstead has run afoul of the law for the second straight off-season.

Armstead was arrested on Feb. 13 in Pascagoula, Miss., on charges of auto burglary, possession of a stolen gun and felony evading police.

Police allege that Armstead stole his ex-girlfriend’s purse out of her car at a restaurant and then led police on a “lengthy pursuit” that ended when he crashed the vehicle. The stolen gun was in his ex-girlfriend’s purse.

IN THE BAGG: The Roughriders on Wednesday signed receiver Rob Bagg to a contract extension through 2012.

The undrafted Canadian had 81 catches for 1,178 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, his second CFL season.

— With files from QMI Agency


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