The faculty strike at Windsor will affect the various Lancers teams.
Football coach Mike Morencie, as a unionized employee, has to step aside as long as his union is out. Four other Windsor coaches are affected, but only one, cross-country/track and field's Dennis Fairall, is in-season.
Laurier was in a similar starts six years ago, in 2002. Then-coach Rick Zmich had to step away from the team. The athletic therapy staff also had to leave, which meant players had to go to the hospital off-campus for treatment, which needless to say was tremendous inconvenience. It also meant slower recovery time from those nagging injuries -- bruises, muscle pulls and such. Laurier ended up 1-7 that season, although they actually finished in the black in point differential, imagine that (you can guess who the "1" was -- actually, as of 10:05 p.m. on September 1, those jokes can no longer be made).
Again, it's very early in the game with this, but it's bound to be a distraction for Windsor, especially if practice times get shifted to avoid dealing with picketers.
Lancers will field teams despite strike (Windsor Star)
University of Windsor classes cancelled as profs strike (Canwest News Service)
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