Pivots on way to Winnipeg

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

A class by any other name?

Alex Brink said he was planning to attend a "quarterbacks school" in Winnipeg on May 22 or 23rd.

But Blue Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson prefers it to be called something else. The CFL, you see, called former Bomber head coach Mike Kelly on the carpet but did not fine him for conducting a mandatory -- even for CFL veterans -- "quarterbacks school" before training camp started last year.

"These guys are coming here voluntarily because they all want to brush up on the system," Hodgkinson said Tuesday. "(Quarterback) Buck Pierce called me from North Dakota (Tuesday) and said he's on his way up here because he wants to get himself acclimated and entrenched in a new system by the time he steps on the field."

Pierce will likely be in town by today.

Kelly apparently planned to push for the CFL policy to be changed -- which seemed to be reasonable from most corners -- but got fired before he could present a case.

LB BATTLE: The Bombers have added former B.C. Lions linebacker Courtney Smith and non-import receiver Chris Ioannides to their roster.

"Courtney Smith is a linebacker who has spent time in Canada and will be in a situation that will be very, very competitive in camp with (weak-side linebacker Siddeeq) Shabazz gone," Hodgkinson said. "That's going to be a very competitive spot in camp."

The Bombers released Shabazz over the winter.

The 6-foot, 225-pound Smith recorded five special teams tackles in four games with the Lions last season. Smith, 25, starred at Texas State for four years.

The 6-foot-4, 228-pound Ioannides caught 46 passes for 501 yards and four touchdowns for Queen's last season. Ioannides, 24, caught 18 passes for 251 yards and two TDs to lead the Gaels to the Vanier Cup.

SO LONG: The Bombers also released non-import receiver Josh Svec and non-import offensive lineman Mike Morris.


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