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Sportsnet & The Score will broadcast games to 2018-19
Fans of university sports learned Wednesday about a new six-year deal between Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and Rogers (which also owns Maclean’s) that will bring games to more viewers on Sportsnet and The Score’s television, online and mobile platforms through to 2018-19.
Football’s Vanier Cup, which will be held on Nov. 23 in Quebec City, is one of 13 big events scheduled for the upcoming season, along with men’s and women’s hockey and basketball championships. The rest will soon be announced.
Andrew Bucholtz of the blog Eh Game sees the deal as a logical and positive partnership, writing:
The Canadian university basketball and hockey championships (both men’s and women’s) will be a far better fit on Sportsnet and The Score than on TSN, and when considered as an overall picture, this makes a lot of sense for CIS. It’s very beneficial that CIS basketball’s now in a place where it will be taken seriously.
Pierre Lafontaine, Chief Executive Officer of CIS, sounds excited too. He said in a press release:
“This expanded, long-term partnership with Sportsnet will help elevate the CIS brand and provide our 11,000 student athletes, 700 coaches and 54 member institutions the recognition they deserve. It will serve to shine a light on the many outstanding accomplishments of our student-athletes who will move on to become future leaders in this country and around the world.”
What students are talking about today (March 18th)
1. Remember before the last federal election when everyone was sharing that little website with the photo of Stephen Harper stroking a cat, plus pages and pages of one-liners about nefarious acts our PM was accused of committing? After Shitharperdid.com amassed 4.1 million in three days in 2011, we didn’t hear much about it again. Well, now it’s back in another form. Vancouver Comedian Sean Devlin, one of the site’s founders, is joining up with improv group The Sunday Service, Brigette DePape (the STOP Harper sign wielding page) and others for the Shitharperdid.com Live! Comedy Tour. Tonight it’s at the University of British Columbia and more than 350 people have told Facebook they plan to attend. Later it stops at Emily Carr University, Simon Fraser University and Douglas College.
2. Harper may have done some shit, but the New Democrats’ budget, released Monday, doesn’t offer an exciting alternative. In fact, it will only appeal to you if you’re a real person. “Real things for real people” has five prongs: better public transit, roads and bridges, fair pensions, health care for veterans, jobs for young people and small business investment, but it’s rather short on details. The “jobs for young people” section says the NDP would launch “a $500 top-up to the tax credit for small- and medium-sized employers who create jobs for Canadians aged 18-30.” Big deal.
What students are talking about today (February 4th)
1. It’s not just teacher’s college where the number of applicants is falling. Law schools in the United States are in crisis mode after statistics from the Law School Admission Council show that the number of applicants dropped 20 per cent from last year after falling 14 per cent the year before. In Canada the number of applicants is down four per cent, which is certainly not a crisis and may even be good news considering there is a small shortage of articling positions. Bill Flanagan, president of the Canadian Council of Law Deans, offered Canadian Lawyer Magazine his assessment. “On average, tuition at Canadian law schools is much more affordable than many U.S. law schools,” he said, adding, “the job market for Canadian law grads is better in many Canadian legal markets than it is for U.S. law grads in many U.S. legal markets.”
Lack of female leaders continues
Gender equality in Canadian varsity sports is improving, but there are still problems to tackle, shows new research from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sport Policy Studies.
The good news, according to the report, is that there were almost as many varsity women’s teams (425) as there were varsity men’s teams (431) in 2010-11. The bad news is that there were only 7,815 team roster positions for female athletes—44 per cent of the total—despite the fact they make up 56 per cent of university students.
The truly “disturbing” news, according to the study’s authors, is that women make up less than one-fifth of the senior leadership. Women hold only 19 per cent of head coach jobs and only 17 per cent of athletic directorships.
Axworthy argues tiering wouldn’t reflect athletic success of smaller institutions
The change would divide schools by size, putting smaller universities on a second tier within the CIS, and would give teams from larger schools more opportunities to compete against one another.
In a letter to George Iwama, chairman of the Council of Western Canadian University Presidents, Axworthy asks for the proposal to be thrown out, arguing that it is “incongruent” with the structure of the CIS and the nature of its operations.
“Athletes and teams from all member institutions–larger or smaller–have enjoyed competitive records when compared with others. There is no reason, in my view, that this tradition should not or cannot continue,” Axworhy wrote.
Axworthy goes on to say that the proposal takes on a “bigger is better” approach that does not reflect the individual successes of athletes and teams from smaller institutions, pointing out that schools such as Brandon and Thompson Rivers universities have recently medaled in volleyball, and that the U of W’s Wesman volleyball team has won 10 national championships.
“We all believe in the importance of our athletic activities and how they enhance the mission of all our universities and we are best able to do this working together in a collective manner,” writes Axworthy.
A 11:45am start time one of many reasons publicity for the game has been lacking
It says something about the state of university sport in Canada when its marquee game is competing against Saturday morning cartoons and hangovers to get viewers.
But in the case of the Vanier Cup, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s (CIS) annual match for university football supremacy, that’s what is happening. The Calgary Dinos and the Laval Rouge et Or will face off at Quebec City’s PEPS Stadium tomorrow, and because Laval has not been able to install lights at PEPS (as was promised when the CIS gave them the game for 2009 and 2010), the game will start at 11:45am.
Or, 8:45am pacific. More importantly, if you’re a Calgary student wanting to watch the game on TSN, 9:45 in the morning. It doesn’t help that, with the Grey Cup taking place in Edmonton the next day, media attention on the game has been reduced to a footnote. 17,000–18,000 will fill the stands tomorrow in Quebec, but its long-term significance will be nill.
Next year, the game will be going to Vancouver, and be paired with the Grey Cup. It worked well in Toronto in 2007, though that was partly due to many Vanier Cup tickets paired with Grey Cup ones. There’s also the fact that Vancouver is something less than a university football hotbed, and it’s relative isolation will mean that, unlike a championship in Ontario or Quebec, very few students will be able to make the trek over to cheer on their school
Still, if the game is going to take place on the same weekend as the Grey Cup, it makes sense for the game to be paired with the Grey Cup—there’s only so much corporate, fan and media support to go around.
Outside of football and basketball, attendance in most sports is just as insignificant in the States as it is up here
Maybe it’s the former Sports Editor in me talking.
But, my first reaction to reading Jacob Serebrin’s post wondering, in light of cutbacks to McGill’s athletic program, if it’s time for universities “to start thinking about whether recruiting high calibre athletes, promoting these teams and maintaining stadium infrastructure is a worthwhile investment,” was to sigh.
Serebin says that “varsity sports are often touted as a way to boost a schools profile and school pride,” and it’s true that in Canada, very few university sports teams do this. But I’m pretty sure no athletic director anywhere thinks that the women’s volleyball team is going to turn the campus upside down with their inspired play en route to a national championship.
The real reason we have varsity sports in universities is the same reason we have sports teams in elementary schools and high schools—it’s part of an educational mandate to provide athletic opportunities to those predisposed to them. Multiple forms of learning, extracurriculars, etc.
A lot of our perceptions and expectations of university sport, much like anything else, are drawn from south of the border, and what we see with the NCAA. Ninety-thousand pack a stadium for the Rose Bowl, we watch it up here on TV, and then get all sorts of silly ideas.
Of course, this is flawed. First, outside of football and basketball, attendance in most sports is just as insignificant in the States as it is up here (here are the attendance numbers for women’s volleyball, to cite just one example). Secondly, athletic programs in the NCAA are big-budget, and more often than not, big money-losers.
In Canada, athletic programs are still quite frugal, provide opportunities for amateur athletes to continue their passion while getting an education, and if it spurs a little bit of school pride, that’s a bonus. Modest? Yes. Something in need of drastic rethinking? Not really.
Cutbacks to McGill’s athletics programs stirring up controversy
Controversy is brewing at McGill University after the university stripped 20 teams of their varsity status. While the decision was made last spring, it’s only now coming to a head. The decision means that instead of receiving funding from the school students now have to pay to play. These teams have also lost access to one of McGill’s gyms. High profile sports like hockey and football were spared. The decision came after $147,000 was cut from the athletics department’s budget.
The teams stripped of their status include cheerleading, men’s volleyball, figure skating, sailing, wrestling, women’s lacrosse and fencing. McGill also says the decision was made because some of the teams, like women’s lacrosse and fencing, are the only ones in the province. But students who want to participate in these teams say that without the varsity funding they no longer have the money to travel to Ontario or the United States to compete.
But how important are sports to modern Canadian universities and university life?
Varsity sports are often touted as a way to boost a schools profile and school pride, but the fact is most students are indifferent to even high profile teams. According to CBC, McGill’s highest profile sport, football, only draws around 1,000 spectators per game, and that’s at a school with over 30,000 students and attendance is dropping, though the team’s dismal record and a hazing scandal that saw the team lose its entire 2005-2006 season may have something to do with it.
In a competitive university environment prospective students care less about a university’s athletic success than its academic success. When students do care about athletics their more concerned about the quality of a school gym where they can exercise.
Now this may not be the case everywhere, Université Laval whose Rouge et Or football team has won the Vanier Cup (Canada’s football chapionship) draws around 10,000 spectators each game. In addition to the team’s successes this may also have to do with the university’s Quebec City location, where there is no CFL team.
High-profile university sports, like football and hockey, had humble beginnings with regular students trying out for teams, but this is no longer the case. For many sports teams, athletes are scouted and recruited at the high school level.
As universities struggle financially perhaps it’s time for them to start thinking about whether recruiting high calibre athletes, promoting these teams and maintaining stadium infrastructure is a worthwhile investment.
First university athlete to be suspended for using Human Growth Hormone gets three years
A first-year running back with the University of Waterloo Warriors has received a three-year ban from football after becoming the first North American athlete to test positive for human growth hormone.
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport says Matt Socholotiuk also tested positive for testosterone. “We have suspected HGH has been abused by certain athletes in an effort to cheat,” Paul Melia, the centre’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We now have the proof. However, it is alarming and of great concern that its presence has been detected with our young athletes.”
Socholotiuk of Waterford, Ont. was initially banned for four years, but appealed the ruling. An arbitrator ultimately reduced the suspension to three years through to June 4, 2013. In June, UW suspended its football program from competition for a full season after urine tests revealed nine anti-doping violations. A total of 82 samples were collected March 31, with 62 being for urine and 20 for blood.
The centre said in July one of the blood samples returned an adverse analytical finding and had come from one of the nine players who had also failed the urine test. Melia had refused to reveal details about the failed blood test at the time. Earlier this year, the British anti-doping authority announced a two-year suspension for a rugby player, who became the first athlete to be suspended for using HGH.
At a news conference in Toronto, the centre also revealed the names of three other Waterloo players who were sanctioned for positive tests. Brandon Krukowski, a third-year linebacker from Kitchener, was handed a four-year suspension after initially refusing to be tested, then acknowledging he had committed a violation. Krukowski later recanted the validity of a waiver he had signed but after Krukowski chose not to participate in a hearing, an arbitrator denied the appeal and the waiver was upheld.
Spencer Zimmerman-Cryer, a third year centre from London, Ont., will be ineligible for one year after he admitted using the steroid Oral-Turinabol. First-year receiver Aubrey Jesseau of Thunder Bay, Ont., received a two-year ban after testing positive for Stanazolol.
The Canadian Press
Until now, the only thing keeping a university player from taking drugs was his sense of right and wrong
When the University of Waterloo’s football team was suspended for the entire year after nine players had tested positive for drugs, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) CEO Marg McGregor looked at the Canadian Football League to throw her a lifeline.
“There are probably many factors at play when an athlete chooses to take performance-enhancing drugs, some players have identified their desire to play professionally as a factor in their decision,” she said at the time. Two weeks ago, the CFL was the only major pro sports league in North America without a drug testing program. As a not-insignificant count of CIS players end up playing in the CFL (upwards of 100 last year, according to one count), it follows that the only thing constraining a university football player from taking drugs was his sense of right and wrong.
Tuesday, the CFL announced a drug-testing program that includes urine and blood tests—which test for human growth hormone as well–for 25 per cent of its players beginning next spring, and 35 per cent the year after that. The league has also thrown university football that lifeline and has agreed to test the top 80 CIS players at the CFL’s evaluation camp. Free of charge.
The CIS has got to be thrilled about this—overnight without doing anything at all, they’ve doubled the number of drug tests administered to football players each year without spending anything.
After deadline passes football players begin transferring to other universities
After giving the University of Waterloo a deadline of 1pm today, that came and went, to reverse a decision to cancel the 2010 football season, players are giving up. The program was suspended for a year after nine players tested positive for, or admitted to using, steroids. The unprecedented move of testing an entire football team was prompted by the arrest of receiver Nathan Zettler, who is charged with drug trafficking.
Yesterday, captains representing the 53 clean players pleaded with university administrators to reinstate the season, otherwise players would begin transferring to other universities. Earlier in the week, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) announced that players wishing to play football elsewhere were free to apply to other schools. The university didn’t budge, and players have begun the transfer process.
The University of Waterloo Warriors football team will spend the upcoming season training, and will return to the CIS schedule next year. Administrators have said they will no longer be providing media comment until a review of the program and how it approaches drug use is completed.
Unless Sports Canada antes up some funding, CIS drug problem will persist
“I am very hopeful,” says Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) CEO Marg McGregor, as she speaks about the year-long suspension of the University of Waterloo football team for the umpteenth time this week. “The scope of the issue at Waterloo is an eye-opener, and the steps they took . . . it’s not taking the situation lightly, and all of the indicators are there that our members are very concerned. But it will take a sustained effort over time.”
Yes Virginia, it only took an arrest for drug trafficking, an unheard-of testing of an entire team, nine positive results, and a school’s football program to be kiboshed for the CIS to realize that they may have a problem on their hands. And it’s going to get worse before it gets better. It always does when a league realizes it has a drug problem. While the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) administered tests to a sprinkling of players from McMaster and Guelph (six and eight, respectively) with no positive results, the next person who gets caught won’t be a fluke occurrence to the public.
There’s also the fact that urine tests are not even close to bullet proof. The CCES is still awaiting the results of blood tests administered to 20 of the Waterloo players (blood tests are much more expensive than urine tests, which themselves cost around $500 each). Those will be especially interesting to see, because not only is it immensely harder to use masking agents for blood tests, but they also reveal Human Growth Hormone (HGH) usage. HGH, while not technically a steroid, is banned by the NHL, the NBA, the MLB, the PGA Tour, the . . . you get the picture.
One league that doesn’t test for HGH, or any drugs for that matter, is the Canadian Football League, and yes, there may be a correlation there. The CFL’s new collective bargaining agreement, currently being negotiated with the players’ union, is expected to have drug testing included for the first time, which (in theory) will act as deterrent to star university athletes. “We’re quite encouraged and think that will have an impact,” said McGregor.
Aside from that, McGregor hopes that a greater emphasis on the mandatory education program all student-athletes undergo will yield results. But she also hopes that performing-enhancing drug use can be curtailed by changing the culture of sport for student-athletes,” she said. “I think we lose sight of the value of sport. A kid will come home, and the first question they will hear from parents is ‘did you win’?”
She has a point—the immense pressure put on athletes at all ages is helping to drive drug use. But is working with athletes to get rid of the “win at all cost” mentality realistic? “A big part of our success, and what we preach, is winning on the field and off the field,” says Theresa Hanson, UBC’s Associate Director of Athletics. UBC and other schools with large athletic budgets have resources to put into health programs; UBC employs a coordinator of athlete training and a therapist. Many schools don’t have those means.
Regardless, the only major deterrent is ensuring testing is done on more than two or three per cent of student-athletes. But that takes money. “There’s been a significant increase in the number of tests,” McGregor says, adding that more will be happening in the off-season, when athletes are more likely to be bulking up. Are they hoping to hit a target? “I don’t think it’s a specific number. It’s like a speed test on the highway. You don’t need to think there’s a speed trap at every intersection, but you need a concern that it might be there.”
In other words, while the amount of tests are going to increase from the meager 202 this year, unless the CCES gets a large boost in funding from Sport Canada, it probably isn’t going to be a giant increase. And frankly, increasing the number of urine tests done for a 60-person football team from three to five isn’t really going to create a large enough presence to be a deterrent. Teams, programs and schools will still be in the dark until it’s too late.
“We have a full program in place, we work with our coaches, we’re taking the responsibility to ensure that they’re educated,” Hansen says. “Can we do more? Um . . . ” She pauses. “You don’t know. How much is enough? This is obviously another learning experience for all of us.”
In the face of constantly losing athletes to American schools, CIS continues to spin its wheels on scholarship reform
The other day, I looked at how Canadian universities are just starting to come to grips that some of their student-athletes just may be taking performance-enhancing drugs. Today, I’ll look at another issue which Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) has been unable to come to a consensus on: Athletic scholarships.
Should Canadian universities be able to give full ride scholarships to student-athletes? It’s a lightning rod question—at least by the standards of post-secondary education—because currently, athletic scholarships can only cover tuition and associated fees. Not room, not board, nothing else. You also have to keep up a 65% average (70% if you’re in Ontario).
Needless to say, the incentive for top athletes to stay in Canada aren’t exactly stunning. To take but one example: There are 99 players on the men’s and women’s national soccer teams. Fourteen went to university in Canada.
Last summer, Simon Fraser University decided to join the NCAA last summer, allowing the school to offer full-ride scholarships (though due to their limited athletic budget, the number they will give out is expected to be quite small. The University of British Columbia is still considering moving to the NCAA in order to attract the best athletes possible.
Given all of that, the CIS last year announced a task force to look at enhancing athletic scholarships. The model that was decided after internal consultations was a “salary cap” system, in which a total financial cap would remain in place at universities, but the individual limit would be waived. In theory, this would allow schools to spend more money on one or two local high-school athletes to keep them from bolting to an American college. CIS President Clint Hamilton has championed the proposal throughout the year.
And, after a year of debate and deliberation of the model, the CIS has decided…nothing.
The organization’s AGM is next week, and while the issue of scholarships will be debated, there’s no motion on the table to change the status quo. According to the report prepared for delegates:
Although the Flexible Model that was proposed…received some support …it did not garner significant support in its current format: (too conservative, too progressive, too complicated, more research is needed, more progress on compliance is required, tip of the iceberg and before long the cap will be raised, some ADs stated that the decision for policy reform must be made at the Presidential level etc.)
Well then. That’s certainly a lot of miscellaneous reasons. On the other hand, Hamilton said in his report that “the reality is that people do know we fall short of the NCAA Division 1 standard of athletic scholarship,” and “current policy continues to divide and polarize our organization.” So what’s going on here?
The reality is that while a few larger schools (notably many in Western Canada) would like to increase scholarships, other schools are either firmly for the status quo—smaller schools, who don’t have the financial resources. Then there are other universities that are unsure what is the best method of giving greater opportunities for student-athletes without diverting money from slightly more important matters than who can put a ball in a net best.
Regardless of where you stand, this is another case of the CIS spinning its wheels on an issue, unable to decisively move one way or the other. We don’t need (and can’t afford) a NCAA-style league, but it’s not unrealistic to hope that a stadium with a couple thousand students cheering on their school can be the rule, not the exception in this country.
That requires national leadership though. And when you look at how the CIS is unable to move in any real direction on drugs and scholarships, it doesn’t inspire much confidence.
Concerns arise over whether CIS can actually combat drug use
You know how all of last decade, sport organizations realized that unless they were vigilant about drug testing, their athletes would do them? Well, it appeared that Canadian universities didn’t get the memo. That naivete may be coming to an end.
Last month, Nathan Zettler, a wide-receiver for the University of Waterloo Warriors, was charged with possession of anabolic steroids for the purpose of trafficking. In the weeks after, Waterloo and Canadian Interuniveristy Sport (CIS) announced they would do drug tests on the entire team. While they haven’t released the results yet, everyone is bracing for the worst—including members of the football team.
“To be perfectly honest, anyone who doesn’t think there are seven to 13 players on every team [using performance-enhancing drugs] in the CIS, you’re kidding yourself,” said Joe Surgenor, a defensive lineman for the Waterloo Warriors who admitted to steroid use, to the Globe and Mail. “There’s at least that number. I don’t think the CIS really wants to find out what’s going on. They don’t want to know the answer.”
Hyperbole? Only slightly. Consider the embarrassing facts about the drug-testing program at our universities, which is jointly run between the CIS and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES):
- Only 300 to 450 student-athletes are tested each year. In 2008/2009, that amounted to 2.69 per cent
- An online education program is in theory mandatory for students, but the CIS does not require schools to provide proof that their student-athletes have been administered the educational program
- While the drug-trusting program is supposed to be year-round, the majority of testing is done during training camp, not during the regular season
- If a player is caught doing drugs, they get off the hook with no punishment if they “pinky-swear” not to do it again
Okay, that last one isn’t true, but you get the drift. The fact is, the drug-testing program at the CIS level is completely underwhelming. 22 years after Ben Johnson’s gold medal was taken away, and 5 years after the infamous Congressional hearings on steroid use, we as a nation are fully aware that unless rigorous testing is in place, a not-insignificant amount of athletes will take drugs to get ahead.
Despite this, Canada has been remarkably slow on the uptake in fighting drug use in sport. The Canadian Football League, for example, remained the last professional league in North America to not have a drug testing program until just last week. That’s shameful, and it points to why university football players would have little scruples in doing what it takes to stand out in a sport where physicality matters a great deal.
Are changes on the way? Yes and no. The CIS has pledged a complete review of its educational programs, but has so far been reluctant to substantially increase testing, claiming the estimated cost of $500 is prohibitively expensive. Their AGM is next week, but the only motion on the table concerning drug use would force universities to give more information about when drug testing takes place, but wouldn’t increase the number of them. One thing is for certain: When the CIS announces how many players on the Waterloo football team are guilty of taking drugs, the debate will only have begun.
Team’s head coach says positive drug test is a “slap in the face”
A University of Calgary Dinos football player has been suspended from competitive university athletics for two years after testing positive for steroid use.
Last March, linebacker Duncan McLean, 25, tested positive for Oxymetholone metabolites, a prohibited and very toxic anabolic steroid that has serious potential side effects according to the testing agency, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.
When informed of the test results in April, the Vernon, B.C. native waived his right to hearing and admitted to breaking the anti-doping rules followed by the Canadian Interuniversity Sport association. McLean’s football career is essentially over at the school, as he as already played for three years.
“The University of Calgary is unequivocally opposed to the use of banned substances by our student-athletes,” said Kevin Boyles, director of athletics for the university in yesterday’s press release.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy both at the UofC and in CIS,” he said. “We are fully supportive of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and hope that this unfortunate situation sends a strong message throughout the league.”
Calgary Dinos football head coach Blake Nill says he wishes it didn’t take one of his athletes to test positive for an anabolic steroid to reinforce the league’s rules .
“This is the first one in 18 years for me. It’s tough,” Nill told The Canadian Press Wednesday, just hours after McLean was officially suspended.
“Our drug-testing is one of the best there is. Eventually, you’re going to get caught. If you try to take a performance-enhancer, you’re going to get caught. You see it all the time, but it’s unfortunate it happened in my program.”
Nill says he worries about the impact McLean’s suspension will have on the reputation of his school’s football program, although he has already phoned the families of incoming recruits to assure the parents that drug use isn’t a problem in his locker room.
“It’s still a shock when it happens,” Nill said. “Coaching at the university level is like adopting the athletes. It’s like I have 100 sons, I’m the surrogate father to 100 kids … I consider this sort of a slap-in-the-face type thing. I don’t feel responsible for it, but I’m disappointed it happened.”
- with files from The Canadian Press, photo courtesy of D’Arcy Norman
Plan to become the first Canadian university in the main U.S. college sports league is delayed for at least a year
The University of British Columbia will wait until at least next year before deciding if it will join the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division II in the United States.
The NCAA, the main U.S. college sports league, opened membership beyond the U.S. for the first time in January 2009 as a pilot project with Canadian schools. UBC is currently a member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
A report by a UBC committee did not recommend for or against a UBC application to join the NCAA.
“A lack of answers to critical questions means deferral until at least 2010 of a decision on whether or not to apply for membership,” the university said in a release Thursday.
One of the reports co-authors said respondents to surveys and open houses were divided on the benefits of joining the NCAA. David Farrar, the UBC’s vice-president academic, also said there remains insufficient information to allow the university to determine NCAA suitability before a June 2009 window for application.
“There are some critical unanswered questions that leave open options as to whether or not NCAA participation is the appropriate way to go for the university and its student athletes,” Farrar said.
Among the questions is whether or not UBC could receive an exemption from the NCAA for its academic accreditation requirement.
Further unresolved issues revolve around discussions about the level of competitive opportunities and financial support for student athletes that UBC and other universities are having with CIS, the main body in which most UBC athletes currently compete.
It is also unlikely to be clear until after the June NCAA deadline whether or not CIS will allow universities to compete in both the CIS and the NCAA.
- The Canadian Press
Great news from Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the next two Vanier Cups will be hosted by Laval. This is a wise move which will greatly benefit CIS and the Vanier Cup. Laval will easily fill the stadium, a full game creates atmosphere, a great atmosphere will improve the play on the field, which improves the atmosphere [...]
Great news from Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the next two Vanier Cups will be hosted by Laval.
This is a wise move which will greatly benefit CIS and the Vanier Cup. Laval will easily fill the stadium, a full game creates atmosphere, a great atmosphere will improve the play on the field, which improves the atmosphere in the stands creating a positive loop.
I’m really excited to cover next year’s Vanier Cup.
The next step is a 2011 Vanier Cup in Halifax.