Simon Fraser is out of the football playoffs after being stripped of two wins over the use of an ineligible player, dropping its record to 1-6. What a way to go off to the NCAA.
Jim Mullin at CKNW 680 in Vancouver has done the gumshoeing with the questions over QB Caleb Clark's eligibility. (It's been touched on previously and has percolated online for quite some time, but it seemed judicious to wait until a decision was at long last announced.)
Clark played sparingly at Western Michigan last season and he was supposed to be in a masters program (MBA) and thus free of the one-year sit-out period for transfer. SFU is calling it an "an inadvertent administrative error" (Vancouver Province) that Clark wasn't considered a masters' student from the start of the season.
A jumping-off point is whether Simon Fraser moving to NCAA Division 2 played a part in the punishment. It's also strange it took this long to get a decision; that much we can agree on without taking sides. Howard Tsumura's above-linked article notes the Saskatchewan Huskies used an ineligible player in the 1999 playoffs vs. UBC and were not stripped of victories, but as some dot-orgers point out, nowhere does it says the rules have changed in the past 10 years.
Manitoba comes out as the big winner, although coach Brian Dobie noted his inconsistent team is "not in a position to be celebrating anyone's misfortune."
The now 3-3 Bisons' have the easier remaining schedule vs. UBC (now 2-5) and Simon Fraser. Alberta and Regina each play No. 3 Calgary and No. 5 Saskatchewan. What a gong show.
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