"Sources indicate that Shawn Olson, the quarterback of UBC's 1997 Vanier Cup winning team, is expected to be introduced as the successor to fired former head coach Ted Goveia at a press conference Wednesday...His success in both three- and four-down football, and his strong ties to UBC's football alumni met two of the strongest job requirements as stated by UBC athletic director Bob Philip when the hiring process began in late November."This is one where you need a lot more than what it is in the press release.
Vancouver radio host Jim Mullin has a report stating former CFL commissioner Doug Mitchell, the Thunderbirds' biggest booster — his name is on the new indoor arena there, people! — is boycotting Wednesday's press conference.
There is also a good thread on cisfootball.org.
"A source close to Doug Mitchell told CKNW that he was 'beyond furious' with the process of hiring a new coach for the program.Meantime, Olson will have to rebuild a program, change a culture of losing, deal with a substandard stadium, the possible move to the NCAA ... there's a lot there to deal with. On the other side, this has got to be his dream job, and he'll be given the time to turn things around.
"Mitchell informed Philip that he would not attend the media conference because according to the source, 'Doug thought the hiring process was a total sham and he wasn't going to validate it.'
"Mitchell intends to contact UBC President Dr. Stephen Toope to voice his displeasure with the process.
"The opposition of UBC's most noteworthy donor also casts a shadow on Philip's intention of moving the T-Bird programs to NCAA Division II.
Olson hiring at UBC not popular with all (Jim Mullin, CKNW)