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  • More details about all-Canadians, receiver Scott Valberg and cornerback-kick returner Jimmy Allin, returning to Queen's. Defensive end Osie Ukwuoma is almost certainly returning from the Calgary Stampeders practice roster and Presidents' Trophy-winning inside linebacker Thaine Carter's status is doubtful due to shoulder surgery. Queen's does have Shomari Williams coming in from the University of Houston (and he's been working hard). (Kingston Whig-Standard)

    (Major accolades to Whig sports ed. Mike Koreen: His department posted a brief about Rob Bagg (Queen's) catching his first CFL touchdown pass on the web within 10 minutes. About another 10 minutes later, Bagg caught another.)

  • Saint Mary's Huskies Stadium is getting luxury boxes. (Halifax Herald)

  • Former Western linebacker Jason Kosec, plagued by back problems, is making a comeback with the Hamilton Hurricanes of the junior Ontario Football Conference. (Hamilton Spectator)

  • How former Concordia kicker Warren Kean turned someone into a football fan. (Portage Daily Graphic)

  • Niagara Falls is becoming quite the hotbed for OUA and AUS schools. (Niagara Falls Review)

  • A lot of potential CIS prospects playing for the Ontario Varsity Football League's Ottawa Myers Riders. (Ottawa Citizen)
  • Mark Wacyk continues his season previews with a look at the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, who were a Final 8 team last season. Major take-homes include vets Dwayne Johnson and Terrence Taylor embarking on the season with injury issues.Former Thompson Rivers guard Charlie Spurr, who averaged about 20 a game for Algonquin College in the OCAA last season, has also signed on; he could be the type of instant-offence guy who thrives down East, like Josh Beattie was at Dalhousie last season. (

  • Speaking of Dal, Mark also has a survey of the defending AUS champion Tigers, who believe they will be a tougher team. Not to be a thunder-stealer, but there is also a reason why Beattie was being talked about in past tense as a baller. (

  • The Regina Cougars have lost guard Austin Bates to the Regina Thunder junior football team. Bates averaged 2.9 points in his freshman season. (Regina Leader-Post)
  • Former UNB goalie Michael Ouzas is apparently in line to be the No. 1 netminder for the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers. Not a bad gig, playing hockey in Vegas? (Las Vegas Sun)

  • Left wing Doug Spooner (Waterloo) has re-signed with the ECHL's Ontario Reign. (press release)

  • The OUA's rookie goal scoring leader last season, Ottawa's Matthieu Methot, has a brother who's a pretty decent player: Marc Methot of the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Ottawa Citizen)

  • All told, the Saskatchewan Huskies will have eight WHL graduates in their recruiting class. (Taking Note)
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  1. So what is going on with that other Eastern Ontario football team? The dome of silence that usually descends over them in the off season is thicker than ever this year.

  2. Also notable in the X-Men basketball post is that Ellis Ffrench is back east, albeit required to sit out this year, after playing just 27 minutes in five games with the Lancers and getting a grand total of seven shots against non-RMC teams. Ffrench may have been a rookie, but that seems like an awfully small amount of court time for someone so highly though of.

  3. that's one iffy shoulder!

  4. Grammatical error on my part ... writing too late at night. I added a note about Queen's adding Shomari Williams from the Houston Cougars; here he is working out; he posted the video on his blog.

  5. The Huskies hockey recruits stack up well against any other recruitng class nationally. If some of their younger players can put together consistent performances from September to March a trip to Thunder Bay will be a reality (two CW berths this season to Nationals).

  6. Anon #1...
    What other eastern Ontario football team could you possibly be referring to?

    Concerning Ellis Ffrench...really, the Lancers coaching staff didn't do this kid any favours.
    In retrospect, he should have red shirted this past
    year if Oliver was concerned about his ability to adjust to the CIS.
    A lot of players can't make that jump right away from HS ball, especially if a kid comes from an area where the calibre of ball played is somewhat suspect.
    Now Ffrench, who obviously made a mistake going to Windsor, is doubly screwed.
    First, he burned a whole year's eligibility for a paltry 27 minutes of floor time.
    And to add insult to injury, for that human victory cigar type PT, he must sit in purgatory for another year.
    By the time, God willing, he gets to play with X, he'll still be a freshman in a junior's body for intents and purposes.

  7. Small point: French might be able to get that year of elibility back on compassionate grounds, but your main point is pretty strong, that he has laid out 2 years.

  8. Anon #1...
    What other eastern Ontario football team could you possibly be referring to?

    I think he/she is referring to the team that ended the Gaels undefeated season last year. The one with the funny nickname.