Around the web ... Redmen tap veteran coach to replace Raymond

... as Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run plays you into the weekend ...

  • Jim Webster, whose extensive coaching CV includes many years coaching in Europe and a stint with the Ottawa Gee-Gees, is returning to his alma mater as McGill's bench boss. (Earl Zukerman, McGill Athletics)
  • The dot-orgers have directed attention to a Rugby Ontario release which lists former McMaster tailback Jordan Kozina on the roster of a team called the Ontario Blues. There has been a lot of buzz about Kozina returning to football, but it would not appear to so.

  • Ricky Foley (York) converted from decathlon to football out of necessity, reports Chris Zelkovich. (Toronto Star)

  • Jesse Lumsden (McMaster) is likely done for the season with the Edmonton Eskimos. (

  • The Concordia Stingers are getting all social mediaey. Wideout Dan Rodrigues is blogging ( QB Robert Mackay will be Tweeting (@the_quarterback).

    Rodrigues, who is a journalism major at Con U, turned in some poetry for his first entry:
    Once the play is in, defenses will moan.
    Because on any given play a number of Stingers can find the end zone.
    By the way, you know what is a certain sign I'm either old or from the country? I refer it to it as, "the Twitter."
  • Make sure you check and Canada Basketball later to find out how Canada's cadette team fared in the FIBA Americas U16 final vs. Team USA, which tips at 9 p.m. Eastern. Nirra Fields of Lachine, Que., and Shalie Dheenshaw of Victoria have been the floor leaders for Team Canada.

    The U.S. won its semi-final by more than 50 points, which doesn't augur well for Canada. (Update: It certainly did not. The US won 103-52.) Nevertheless, second place is a great showing for the smaller country and it's a good omen for next summer. Canada has qualified both teams for next season's U17 world championships and of course the U19 squads (women fourth, men seventh) had solid summers.
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  1. Last year, it was Tom Kuchiran 5th year DL who was holding the ConU blog . Interesting way of talking about and promoting the team. We would like a bit more - inside info... but it's touchy.

  2. I think Jesse Lumsden is done, period.
    His shoulder is starting to look like one of Bobby Orr's knees and for a running back, that's death.
    Too bad, because in those oh so rare times he is fit and healthy, Lumsden showed glimpses of what could have been.
    He could have been one of the very best home grown running backs ever.
    He could have been the best white running back in the CFL since Gill Fenerty played for the Argos many years ago.
    Instead, Lumsden's career has become something of a running gag, although it's no joke to him.
    It's no longer a question of whether he'll last a's become a matter of at what point in a game when he'll re-injure himself yet again.
    It's too bad, because he really was talented.

  3. The Ontario Blues are the Ontario entry in a new competition called the Americas Rugby Championship. The final is in Toronto in October.

  4. Team USA won 103-52 over Canada in the final. Nevertheless, second place is solid heading into the U17s next year. And maybe a few members of that team will end up in CIS someday.