It’s been a busy week with the Manitoba ineligibility situation costing them a playoff position. Here’s what’s being reported:
On the Julian Hardy situation, Allan Besson of the Winnipeg Free Press reveals that the infraction in question came to light Oct. 16, when Bisons offensive co-ordinator Vaughan Mitchell found an item on a football Internet chat site, which he showed to head coach Brian Dobie, who in turn presented it to athletic director Coleen Dufresne.
University of Saskatchewan Huskies football coach Brian Towriss says there’s nothing complicated about fielding a team of eligible players, reports Kevin Mitchell of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
Neate Sager of the CIS Blog writes that the catastrophe in Manitoba — the Hardy Cockup, as some wags have dubbed it — really points out how weak the enforcement of CIS rules is and how far people will go to play a sport.
On Tuesday, the Regina Rams got a second life in the Canada West football season when the Manitoba Bisons were stripped of three victories for using an ineligible player, reports Tim Switzer of the Regina Leader-Post.
After dominating their provincial rivals 40-5 on Saturday, pens Kristin Odland of the Calgary Herald, the University of Calgary Dinos will turn around and square off with the University of Alberta Golden Bears again –this time, in a Canada West semifinal.
Finally, Chris O’Leary for the Edmonton Journal writes that the University of Alberta Golden Bears football team didn’t want to call their Saturday matchup with the Calgary Dinos a nothing game. It’s a good thing it was.