Linking the country ...

  • Allez Les Bleus is all over the player eligibility controversy that has ensnared Laval and a handful of other schools. Basically, it sounds like Laval used players who weren't eligible, but now are. (Le Soleil, Le Journal du Québec)

  • Laval QB Benoit Groulx has only played the equivalent of 3½ regular-season games this season, which has kept him from finding his groove. (Le Soleil)

  • There could be a lot of scoring in the Guelph-Western OUA quarter-final on Saturday (1 p.m., The Score and CJBK 1290 AM in London), which will be liveblogged on this site.

    For the record for those who click through, Gryphons coach Kyle Walters did not bring up the comments Western's John Surla made about Justin Dunk earlier this week. Walters was asked about it by the media and he answered the question, like a pro. (London Free Press)

  • Ottawa receiver Steven Hughes played junior football with the Hamilton Hurricanes, so Saturday's OUA quarter-final vs. McMaster is a bit of reunion game for him. (Hamilton Spectator)

  • Has the fire gone out of the Saskatchewan-Regina rivalry, since the Huskies have typically been very good while the Rams have been only OK? The green dogs are 13-4 vs. the U of R, plus people in Regina are preoccupied with that pro team. (Huskies Football Outsider)
  • Ross Bekkering is The Man for the Calgary Dinos now that his brother is playing in Europe. Eighteen points, 10 rebounds a game, how's that for a prediction on his numbers? (Calgary Sun)

  • Ryan Christie and Keenan Jeppesen in the same McMaster Marauders frontcourt, that's scary. (Hamilton Spectator)

  • It's an even-numbered year, so does that make Deb Huband's UBC Thunderbirds (national champions 2004, '06, '08) the favourite to win the Bronze Baby? (Vancouver Sun)
  • The St. Thomas women's team draws a ton of leadership from centre Caroline Hammerheim, one of a handful of Swedes playing in CIS.

    One file-away: the AUS women's championship will have the same round-robin format as the nationals. (Frederiction Daily Gleaner)

  • Could Guelph deny Laurier from going to the women's hockey nationals? It's bound to happen one of these years. (The Ontarion)
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  1. Steven Hughes I recall was involved in a controversy with the Ottawa Sooners last year.
    Hughes completed his season with Hamilton and then joined the Soooners and played in a QJFL playoff game.
    He was subsequently ruled ineligible and the Sooners stripped of their win and were barred from the Quebec league championship game.
    Why the Sooners risked using this player was beyond me as they finished first with a 7-1 record and first place.
    Not a proud moment for Sooner organization.

  2. You're right, it was not a proud moment for the Sooners, but Sunday could be, maybe.