- The rumour (possibly urban legend) that Western QB Michael Faulds saw the field while at Toledo five years ago was pervasive enough to get an official debunking. People might seize on this quote from the fifth-year quarterback:
"Two weeks before the bowl game, I was in line to be the holder (for special-teams kicking) ... Our starting quarterback at Toledo, Bruce Gradkowski, hurt his hand and wasn't going to be able to hold. But in talking to (then-Western coach) Larry (Haylor), he told me under no circumstances should I go on the field or I could risk losing a year of Canadian university eligibility."People who don't like Western might grind their jaw a little hearing there was contact before Faulds transferred. The all-things-considered, though, is that all is fair, especially if Faulds initiated the contact. (If that sounds like Article 89 of Barney Stinson's Bro Code, well ...) Perhaps he made up his mind he would rather be on the OUA than the Mid-American Conference (make your own "MAC" pun). (London Free Press)
- OUA career passing yards leader Josh Sacobie (Ottawa) is now working for Football Canada and spent last week working at a football camp in Fredericton. Apparently Sacobie is also going to help coach the St. Patrick's Fighting Irish, a high school team in Ottawa. (Fredericton Daily Gleaner)
- Mark Wacyk breaks down the UBC Thunderbirds, not unlike the way lefty point guard Josh Whyte breaks down defenders. (cishoops.ca)
- Queen's released it women's basketball recruiting class earlier this week. (Kingston Whig-Standard)
- The young Nipissing Lakers "still lack a big-name, premier recruit out of major junior" according to one hometown report.
"Over the last few years, the trend is for top OHL players to flock to the Maritimes, where schools are allowed to offer more scholarship and bursary money than the annual $3,500 limit per player for Ontario university athletes.Former Soo Greyhounds goalie Matt Hache has come aboard. Hache finished last season in Provincial Junior A with the Oakville Blades, who had a deep playoff run before losing out to Kingston (had to point that out). (Sun Media)
" 'What surprised me is the attitude of some of what we can call the top-end forwards," (coach Mike) McParland said. 'There hasn't been anybody who has said, 'that's an opportunity I want to take -- I want to be the go-to guy who can become the face of the franchise.' Most of those top-end guys wanted to go to teams where they could just fit in and be one of the guys. That surprised me.' "
(Article 89 of the Bro Code is explained at, wait for it, the 1:00 mark of the clip.)