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Today, in the second of a three-part series on the future of Canadian university football, Pat Sheahan of the Queen's Golden Gaels, the dean of Ontario football coaches, talks about the proposed Northern 8 conference, a plan to increase interest in the game by creating a format to have Canada’s best teams play throughout the regular season.

 

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

A group of entrepreneurs from western Canada seems to have thought of everything in designing a framework to reform university football—except for one thing.

The promoters of the Northern 8 didn’t take into account the glacier-like speed with which Canadian Interuniversity Sport embraces change.

“The experience thus far has been very disappointing,” David Dube says in a promotional YouTube video.

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Today, in the first of a three-part series on the future of Canadian university football, Pat Sheahan of the Queen's Golden Gaels, the dean of Ontario football coaches, talks about the implications of soon-to-be-imposed limits on rosters and—of all things, uniforms—in the OUA.

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

It was one of the most storied football teams in the land.

Fordham University in New York City had a four-year run in the 1930s of 24-3-7. Those 24 wins included 20 shutouts, and there was an undefeated season in 1937. A fellow named Vince Lombardi was one of the linemen known as the Seven Blocks of Granite.

The other big schools of the day, Notre Dame and Army, made sure a game with Fordham was an annual fixture. There were consecutive bowl appearances in 1941-42—a loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, and a win over Missouri in the Sugar Bowl.

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Tomorrow we begin a series on the future of Canadian university football, as seen through the eyes of the dean of Ontario University Athletics football coaches, Pat Sheahan of the Queen’s Golden Gaels.

Part 1, Friday: A look at the OUA new rules on limiting roster sizes.

Part 2, Saturday: What are the implications of the proposed super league, the Northern 8?

Part 3, Sunday: The pros, the cons and my take on the context in which some important decisions will be made.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

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Alison Dodwell scored four goals Thursday afternoon to lead the Holy Cross Crusaders to a 6-0 win over the Ernestown Eagles in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer game at Caraco Field.

Marilyn Doherty and Adrianna den Ouden scored the other goals for Holy Cross, which improved to 2-0.

In a game at Miklas-McCarney Field, the Loyalist Lancers kept pace, winning their second straight game to start the season, 2-0 over the Sydenham Golden Eagles.

Elsewhere Thursday, the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers defeated the Bayridge Blazers 6-1, the Kingston Blues blanked the Frontenac Falcons 3-0 and the Napanee Golden Hawks gained their first win of the year, 2-0 over the Granite Ridge Gryphons.

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On the day Canada’s team for the women’s World Cup of soccer is introduced, the prize at the end of the tournament, the World Cup trophy, will be in Kingston Monday, as part of a cross-Canada tour in advance of this summer’s tournament, June 6 to July 5 in several Canadian cities, including Ottawa.

 

The championship trophy, 47 centimetres tall and weighing 4.6 kilograms, is in the midst of a 12-city tour sponsored by Coca-Cola that began April 1 in Ottawa. It will be in Springer Market Square from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., where fans will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the trophy and enjoy a beverage in a commemorative, limited edition aluminum bottle that is only available at tour stops.

 

Shueme, the FIFA mascot, will also be there.

 

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