It's looking pretty clear at this point that the men's Final 8 tournament will return to Halifax after its three-year vacation in Greater Kanata.
We have a CIS press release telling us the AUS put forth the only bid* for the 2011 and 2012 championships. We have a 24-year streak, broken last year, of the Final 8 playing in front of Haligonians. We have AUS executive director Phil Currie talking up the town and the fact that Ottawa wasn't financially successful (if they weren't, one wonders how successful the smaller, more-isolated-from-Upper-Canada town was, but I digress). We even have the CIS CEO maintaining that there's going to be a review, wink-wink, and it's not automatic, nudge-nudge.
It's not clear whether a Halifax team will act as host like Carleton has, but there are approximately 14 university basketball teams in the HRM, so a hometown team will likely be there anyway. (Which, I think, is always a good way to drum up attention for a niche sport, despite objections that the host doesn't always "earn" their way in.)
* A snarky response to Currie's comment that he "expected the University of British Columbia to also bid" is "Why? They're too busy bidding for the D-II finals."
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