Barry Rawlyk will step in to become the interim head coach of the University of Saskatchewan men's basketball team while Greg Jockims exercises a 12-month professional leave-of-absence term beginning July 1.
Rawlyk plans to continue his job at St. Joseph High School, but in a part-time capacity, given approval by the school board.
One would think that will be very, very part-time...the immutable laws of physics don't allow Rawlyk to be in two places at once, and CIS coaches aren't known for having free time.
Who knows what this means for Saskatchewan in 2010-2011. This year's Huskies didn't come of nowhere in Canada West, necessarily, but they didn't come out of a place we were watching all that closely. They weren't one of the 20 teams we previewed, which mostly shows how little we know about this university sports thing. Despite that, they were a legit team when the calendar turned to 2010 and were far from an upset winner in both the conference final and the Final 8. (An interesting thing, anecdotally, about the 2009-10 Huskies is that their four main players didn't come straight out of Canadian high schools. How many teams find a core that way?)
And as for now-former SFU coach Scott Clark, he says the move to the interior is about fishing and golfing and returning to his roots (and possibly a salary increase, hints Wayne Thomas). There's also mention of relishing the challenge of improving the not-yet-there WolfPack, and we'll see how Clark handles that.
But, of course, there's another big potential reason for his departure from the NCAA-bound school. Was Clark originally in favour of going D-2 until he wasn't, or was he never really that keen on it to begin with?
Whatever the outcome, at least Canada West coaches can change teams without this site blowing up...