This site doesn't take itself seriously enough to break stories, but there is something rather interesting that may go down soon, so we might as well get ahead of it and see if we're right.
You'll recall the Simon Fraser Clan women's basketball team just played its last CIS game and four players have one year of CIS eligibility left. Which is obviously no good to them unless they transfer elsewhere in Canada.
The rumour that's been going around for a while is that 6-foot-2 centre Matteke Hutzler, the Ontario native among the Fourth-Year Four, is looking at a particular Ontario school. Based on a few conversations I had this weekend, including one with someone close to that team, there's a very good chance that Hutzler will be a Western Mustang in 2010-11.
Officials from both schools involved in this potential transfer wouldn't give anything other than a no comment and an extended version of a no comment. I didn't get a chance to talk to SFU sports information director Scott McLean about Hutzler while we were both in Hamilton, but he wrote in an e-mail, "I leave it to the school getting a transfer to make an announcement."
It didn't take a detective to notice that, barely fifteen minutes after the gold medals were awarded, Hutzler was up in a corner of the stands shaking hands and talking with Western coach Steph Barrie. (After Hutzler celebrated with the Clan, she excused herself from the ceremonies and talked with Barrie for a few minutes, before coming back down to give an interview to SSN. That sequence of events makes you sit up and pay attention.)
It's not completely confirmed or official, otherwise there wouldn't be a question mark in the title of this post. However, it does sound credible. The Mustangs have a good team, especially with point guard Jenny Vaughan (who helped lead Canada to its best-ever finish at the women's U19 worlds last summer) becoming eligible after sitting out as a transfer. Western has been often been able to make it work for transfers who played four full seasons at another school (witness receiver Joshua Svec in football last season).
Besides, the Mustangs need some good news after this game.
We'll keep an eye on the situation, as usual, and see if it develops further in the coming week.