Linking the country ... keeping on without the Joneses; Green Dogs' young pups step up

  • Saint Mary's is down another Jones: A shoulder injury has taken Tristan Jones out of Saturday's Loney Bowl vs. St. Francis Xavier. Craig Leger will have a carry a bigger load for SMU. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

  • St. FX d-back Dylan Hollohan had a breakout sophomore season. Could Mount A schedule a game against the X-Men in his native Moncton. (Moncton Times & Transcript)

  • Saskatchewan's steady rise this season has been included by a Fab Five of freshman starters, including defensive end Joel Suetter. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

  • Ahead of Saturday's Hardy Cup, Calgary coach Blake Nill notes, "Even when teams like Manitoba or ourselves last year won the conference, you sort of in the back of your mind kept saying, 'It's still Saskatchewan's conference.' " (Calgary Sun)

  • The "resurgeance" of Western's defence has helped the Mustangs get back to the Yates Cup, though after facing Guelph's Justin Dunk and Laurier's Evan Pawliuk, Queen's Dan Brannagan presents a much bigger challenge in terms of good decision-making and experience. (London Free Press)

  • OUA defensive player of the year John Surla had a lot of people doubting his size when he came to Western, but not so much these days. (London Free Press)

  • Western coach Greg Marshall on his team's regular-season 27-26 loss at Queen's: “For most of the game our defence played well ... On that last drive we made some mistakes and gave them an easy score at the end. But for the most part I feel like our defence did a good job." (Western Gazette)

  • Marshall recalls playing with "two separated shoulders" when he was a fullback on the 1979 Mustangs team which beat Queen's for the Yates Cup. (Sun Media)

  • The Score's Donnavan Bennett has a feature with Queen's defensive end Shomari Williams and cornerback Jimmy Allin. (The Score)

  • Windsor's Matt Morencie managed to become a Metras Award finalist in his first season at centre after playing tackle previously; pretty impressive. (Windsor Star)
  • UNB centre Jordan Clendenning is back on the ice six months after major knee surgery, when no one expected him to be back until at least early 2010:
    "The left knee - the one Dr. Tom Barnhill repaired by taking a tendon from his hamstring and turning it into a new ACL, cleaning out the torn meniscus as well - 'feels as good as my right knee,' he said. 'I'm playing 100 per cent right now.' "
    As noted by Bill Hunt, St. Thomas is minus six regulars (four injured, two suspended) tonight at Saint Mary's. (Fredericton Daily Gleaner)
  • UVic is feeling a little ornery heading into a home weekend, especially with Alberta returning to its gym. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

  • Well-known Vancouver high school coach Rich Chambers was roasted recently. (Tri-City News)
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  1. Any idea where one could find the audio for today's OUA Coaches Press Conference?

  2. We'll check, I didn't get any media advisory that there was one. There was supposed to be on in-person in Hamilton on Thursday but Pat Sheahan stayed back in Kingston.

    Sorry we missed it — paying assignments are piling up.