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    SMU has been struggling to find a way back to...

    SMU has been struggling to find a way back to national prominence for quite a while.(Perhaps they may want to consider the goal of becoming locally prominent in the AUS first.)
    I'm not certain...
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    There have been some serious facility upgrades...

    There have been some serious facility upgrades (SMU, Bishops, Acadia and STFX) to locker rooms, therapy and weight rooms as well as new stadiums/turf fields(MTA, STFX) with most of the funding coming...
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    AUS football provides approximately 500 young men...

    AUS football provides approximately 500 young men the opportunity to play football and earn a university degree. These small, liberal arts schools (four of which are in small towns,) offer a unique...
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    There are very few top level prospects in the...

    There are very few top level prospects in the maritimes (simply due to the lack of minor/high school football in the region). A check of AUS rosters of the four maritime schools provides evidence...
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    The decision makers assemble at the Vanier. Le't...

    The decision makers assemble at the Vanier. Le't hope that they put an end to this absurdly repetitive situation. Enough is enough.
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    That chap at Bishops deserves some attention.

    That chap at Bishops deserves some attention.
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    An AAA calibre team (Montreal, plenty of depth...

    An AAA calibre team (Montreal, plenty of depth and team speed), playing AA calibre (Acadia, limited depth, better than average speed at skill positions) that has feasted on A calibre AUS teams during...
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    Acadia will NOT want to face MTA in the Loney...

    Acadia will NOT want to face MTA in the Loney Bowl. This will be a very intense, physical game between two well matched clubs. It may come down to punting (and who wins the coin toss). Fourth quarter...
  9. STFX Ladies rugby handily defeated Acadia in...

    STFX Ladies rugby handily defeated Acadia in front of a robust crowd, which included the entire STFX football squad.
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    Bishops' Achilles heel will be their punting....

    Bishops' Achilles heel will be their punting. It's almost always a critical factor in AUS afternoon games when the wind picks up.
    Don't overlook MTA. They are big, fast and physical and the special...
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    Schedule maker didn't do Snyder and Queen's any...

    Schedule maker didn't do Snyder and Queen's any favours. Carelton, Western and now a short week to prepare for a trip to Ottawa. It'll be tough to recover from an 0-3 start if they drop that one.
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    X-Men graduated a strong core of very good...

    X-Men graduated a strong core of very good veteran players. They are fielding a very young, inexperienced team, thus the slow start (compounded by unexpected problems at QB). Given the strength of...
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    The 7 on 7 is a useful tool for coaching staffs...

    The 7 on 7 is a useful tool for coaching staffs to check out video of young players in something other than practice and for the CFL to work with officials.
    For many of the kids participating, it's...
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    Merry Christmas and a big THANKS to all of those...

    Merry Christmas and a big THANKS to all of those volunteers who help to keep so many U Sports Football teams operating, including;
    Simon LeBlanc (MtA), John Carr (UofCalgary), Paul Mason (SMU),...
  15. Acadia's Jeff Cummins comments about the CFL in...

    Acadia's Jeff Cummins comments about the CFL in Halifax are worth noting. He questioned the support (or lack thereof) for football in the region.
    This is very reminiscent of the Expos and their...
  16. Wow! That's a big step. One of the premier...

    Wow! That's a big step. One of the premier programs. Congratulations to Steve.
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    Wasting saliva. The issue is never discussed,...

    Wasting saliva. The issue is never discussed, other than on this site. It will never happen.
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    Marton is correct about the AUS making it work,...

    Marton is correct about the AUS making it work, Bishop's notwithstanding. The four 'maritime' based teams have reasonable operating costs (travel, equipment, staffing, etc.) and are competitive. I'm...
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    There are a limited number of 'blue chip'...

    There are a limited number of 'blue chip' prospects available in Canada. Regionally, those blue chippers will gravitate toward the winning programs, thus Laval, Western, Calgary and a few others get...
  20. 'Deeds Speak'. Let's hope he's up to the task.

    'Deeds Speak'.
    Let's hope he's up to the task.
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    Maritime minor football is very weak, when...

    Maritime minor football is very weak, when compared to all other regions. The small number of raw blue chippers that do emerge(usually OL) tend to migrate away from the AUS. Thus the AUS teams must...
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    Peter Gryphon's solution nailed it. The AUS is...

    Peter Gryphon's solution nailed it. The AUS is fine (thank you) as it is. Balance, competitive football with plenty of exciting games. Bishop's made the right move. They'll win plenty down here....
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    Don't fear the Laval model, learn from it. The...

    Don't fear the Laval model, learn from it. The Laval football program and 'game' experience has created jobs (for both students and others), a legion of football fans (where none existed before),...
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    Hugo's dad out helping shovel snow on field. Nice...

    Hugo's dad out helping shovel snow on field. Nice guy.
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    The STFX coaches' wireless communications system...

    The STFX coaches' wireless communications system wasn't functioning during the first quarter. They were given the old Laval cable set and used it for the rest of the game. Doubtful whether it made...
  26. The Loney Bowl was played in very rainy, windy...

    The Loney Bowl was played in very rainy, windy conditions. X focused on ball control, mitigating turnovers. It worked.
    They now travel to a cool and snowy Quebec.
    I expect that the coaching staff...
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    I believe that it's time to get past the issue of...

    I believe that it's time to get past the issue of Laval and their funding model. There's no putting that Genie back in the bottle.
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    I'd venture to guess that the ever decreasing...

    I'd venture to guess that the ever decreasing number of contributors to this site are(like myself) over 60 and(obviously) long time supporters of CIAU,CIS,U SPORTS football. I'd also be willing to...
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    Jay K. has noted that RSEQ football is in danger...

    Jay K. has noted that RSEQ football is in danger of imploding. It is now only a matter of when the McGill, Concordia and Sherbrooke admin, players, families and fans fully accept their fate,...
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    Two closely matched teams, playing desperation...

    Two closely matched teams, playing desperation football. The winner was likely to host the semi-final playoff. With the win, STFX is all but assured of being host. Acadia must re-group and finish...
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    A well rested Acadia club. A few key STFX players...

    A well rested Acadia club. A few key STFX players are nursing injuries.
    Your assessment of this match as being the key to finishing second (and hosting a playoff) is absolutely correct.
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    For fans and relative outsiders (such as I), this...

    For fans and relative outsiders (such as I), this site (and the contributors) provide valuable insights into the 'goings on' in U Sports football. I know little about UBC other than the fact that...
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    SMU's great QB Scott exploited STFX liabilities...

    SMU's great QB Scott exploited STFX liabilities at defensive end and cornerback. Slow, undersized d-ends could neither contain nor pressure Scott. The SMU O/C also capitalized on the size advantage...
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    Most all of the participants on this site are...

    Most all of the participants on this site are like minded in their love of CIS football. Many a good suggestion has been made about re-organizing and grouping teams based on established quality. ...
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    Why do we continue with this charade? As...

    Why do we continue with this charade? As presently formatted, only one of two teams east of the Ottawa River will ever participate in a national university championship. Virtually every top prospect...
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    Sylven, 100% correct. Time for the elites to...

    Sylven, 100% correct.
    Time for the elites to 'cull the herd' and permit(force?) the weak programs to fend for themselves. The AUS, your remaining Quebec 'weak sisters' and the detritus polluting OUA...
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    Full house (2500) and great atmosphere in...

    Full house (2500) and great atmosphere in Antigonish. Bishops/MTA probably the same. Both games provided the fans with exciting, close competition.
    Time for Sherbrooke, McGill and Concordia to join...
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    Q-Atlantic West-Bishops,McGill,Sherbrooke,...

    Q-Atlantic West-Bishops,McGill,Sherbrooke, Concordia
    Q-Atlantic East-Acadia, SMU, MTA, STFX
    Each team plays home-away in own conference and one 'crossover' game. Playoffs conducted within division....
  39. Good post. Time to put this business to bed and...

    Good post. Time to put this business to bed and get on with football. The AUS will be Bishops for the taking. Acadia and Mt.A have lost plenty of quality and experience thanks to graduation and...
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    The East-West Bowl week provided a splendid...

    The East-West Bowl week provided a splendid opportunity for the U Sports football fraternity to gather and discuss the various issues involved in our game. One coach was missing.
  41. This started out as a relatively minor (and...

    This started out as a relatively minor (and solvable) issue. Thanks to incompetence and stubbornness displayed by a number of individuals, we find ourselves focusing on legalities and finances while...
  42. We'll not see this Genie put back in the bottle....

    We'll not see this Genie put back in the bottle. Funding disparity, and all that it implies, is here to stay. Informed posters have presented sound arguments for tiering but from my perspective, U...
  43. Indoor domes of the type the Sooners propose...

    Indoor domes of the type the Sooners propose should be popping up throughout Canada. Where they exist, they provide seniors, schools, students, sports clubs and others a venue to get and stay active...
  44. The old leadership chestnut 'point the way, lead...

    The old leadership chestnut 'point the way, lead the way then get out of the way' never fully described Greg's style. He never quite knew when to 'get out of the way' when managing the 'big' games....
  45. As of December 18, nothing new on the above noted...

    As of December 18, nothing new on the above noted news release.
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    Maritime Combine. This past weekend, Football...

    Maritime Combine.
    This past weekend, Football Nova Scotia held its combine, putting over 200 high school players through skills and strength testing. Many CIS teams had coaches and recruiters on...
  47. Western controlled both sides of line of...

    Western controlled both sides of line of scrimmage, mercilessly pounded Laval ball carriers/receivers and benefited from some creative play calling and efficient quarterbacking.
  48. Marton has nailed it. Without varsity football,...

    Marton has nailed it. Without varsity football, many of these young men(including my son) would never get the opportunity to receive a post secondary education.
  49. The 'Laval' model of football is not destroying...

    The 'Laval' model of football is not destroying the CIS. They should be thanked for pursuing excellence. We need more of that in Canada-in all sectors, not just athletics.
    Poor governance and lack...
  50. During the last few minutes of the very...

    During the last few minutes of the very entertaining Laval-Calgary game, Coach Constantin(frequently on camera) displayed very little emotion and appeared willing to let his staff 'work the plan' as...
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