Of all the weeks to be down the street from the other BU, rather than the one in Ontario wine country.
The new job at Yahoo! Sports Canada, which this weekend includes covering the Memorial Cup in Brandon, Man., precludes pursuing much CIS at present, but it has been crazy the way OUA West coaching rumours have multiplied.
There is talk now (surf through the comment thread down page) about Ken Murray bowing out from the Brock Badgers. Assistant coach Brad Rootes, just two years removed from having the sweet handle at point guard during the Badgers' 2008 national championship season, would take the reins. That was expected to happen eventually, everyone sort of knew Rootes was being groomed as Murray's replacement, but damn that is fast. Some of our commenters are suggesting there was a mutiny. It has happened before in men's basketball.
There is also the Chris Oliver-to-McMaster meme and the Darrell Glenn-to-Windsor meme. Crazy. All this has gone down at a time when I am in transition to a new beat.
Ironically, the biggest sports story going in St. Catharines is a shakeup with the Niagara IceDogs, meaning anything to do with Brock is likely to get back-burned. Brock athletic director Lorne Adams resigned last week as director of athletics, so it's not even clear who would answer the phone if the media called.
Please don't take that a dig. A big apology is owed to the St. Catharines Standard's Bernie Puchalski for not linking earlier to an incisive April 30 feature on Badgers guard Joel Whitty, who suffered a third concussion last season and has this summer to decide whether he'll keep playing basketball.
Meantime, three coaching changes in the OUA West (pending), three in various sports in my own backyard (Ottawa in men's basketball and football, Carleton in men's hockey). It calls to mind the character the late, great Lloyd Bridges played in Airplane! "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."
A big thanks to our commenters for keeping the fires burning. t's self-serving on this end to tell people to be really sure about what they say in the comments and not be able to go after it full force, but it sounds like there's a story coming out, one way or the other.