OK, can you come up with a better summation for the gong show in Canada West? A second team has been stripped of victories and is out of the playoffs.
(Update, 1:18 p.m.: Rod Pedersen confirms the Regina Rams are in the playoffs; here's the press release.)
The Manitoba Bisons self-disclosed receiver-kick returner Julian Hardy (pictured) was not eligible to play in the first five games of the season. He forfeited a large portion of his eligibility in 2001 when he was suspended for a doping infraction while he was on the team at Ottawa. With the seven-year rule, his eligibility had run out. Waiting for the week of the playoffs, well ...
Hardy played in Bisons wins over UBC and Alberta and in a game vs. Simon Fraser that has been forfeited to Manitoba. Manitoba's 5-3 record should be reset to 2-6, which would change the playoff matchups, as Huskies Football Outsider notes:
"Should the Bisons forfeit the two wins they earned, it would take them out of a playoff position and move Regina up to fourth and Alberta to third. This would mean the Huskies would face the Rams at home on Saturday, while the Golden Bears would visit the Calgary Dinos.Regina QB Marc Mueller apparently already posted a "reborn baby" message on his Facebook page. Again, not playing lawyer, but it seems pretty cut-and-dried.
" ... as Canada West has taken wins away from Simon Fraser for using an ineligible player this year, it appears a similar decision is in order for this infraction. The powers that be in the CIS and the Canada West conference will have a difficult decision ahead of them if they decide to forfeit Manitoba’s wins Hardy was involved in, as the Bisons were awarded a win in a game they originally lost against SFU because of an ineligible player. Who wins a game where ineligible players were on the rosters of both teams? Also, does the timing of the self- disclosure of the ineligible player, which apparently was after the game against Calgary on October 10, weigh in Manitoba's favour in the eyes of the disciplinary bodies?
One question is how people look at Manitoba's program, depending in how this shakes down, of course. In all honesty, there are about 2,000 football players in CIS at any time (75 players times 27 teams). NCAA schools have the budget for a "compliance officer" who looks after all these things, but in Canada, you wonder if some schools are limited to taking a player at his word. Seriously, Hardy was a fringe player, who knew it was the same guy from so many years ago?
Playoffs, round one: Huskies vs. ???????? (Huskies Football Outsider)