Football: Waterloo cancels 2010 season

In a few short months, the Waterloo doping scandal has gone from an investigation of one player to a team-wide investigation to league-wide concerns over drug testing. Today saw the first tangible impact on a league-wide scale, though; as Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Canadian Press reports, Waterloo has suspended its football program for the coming year. The coaching staff has been placed on paid administrative leave.

I'll get into analysis on this later, and I believe Rob has a post coming as well, but for now, let's focus on the facts. As Mark Masters reports, Canadian Centre for Ethics In Sport (the organization that oversees CIS drug testing) president Paul Melia announced that nine anti-doping violations were found after tests of Waterloo's 62 football players.

As Masters writes, CIS CEO Marg McGregor called it "the biggest doping situation in CIS history. "The results announced today illustrate that the CIS core value of drug-free sport has been compromised and more needs to be done to protect the integrity of university sport and the rights of clean athletes to a level playing field," she said. That would suggest that we're going to see some drug policy changes from a league-wide perspective.

For now, though, the tangible impact comes from the Warriors' disappearance from OUA football for 2010. That's going to alter the schedule, and the OUA football institutions will be holding a conference call today to discuss how that will work. Dropping from a 10-team league to a nine-team league isn't normally easy, but it might not be that difficult in this case. Under the current system, each OUA team plays eight conference games and misses one opponent; with nine teams, each team should be able to play every other team. There are still complications around scheduling (for example, most schools use the same field for football and soccer, so dates have to be carefully planned to avoid conflicts), but they should be able to work it out.

We'll keep you updated as things progress.

[Cross-posted to Sporting Madness]
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1 comment:

  1. They'll come up with something, but basically you have to play 36 games without being able to hold more than four on any one day.

    That works out to a nine-week schedule, which could be accomplished by dropping the quarter-final round of the playoffs. This is the part where someone interjects and points out that you just can't change the post-season tournament like that.

    I would suggest filling out that extra week by having teams which were not originally slated to play meet, with the school which lost a home date vs. Waterloo hosting. York would take its bye then, since it wasn't scheduled to play Waterloo and (bonus) might not be in the playoff picture.

    You'd have to change a couple dates to get each team playing 4 home and 4 away games. Someone else can figure out how to

    Week 1:
    York @ Guelph
    Western @ Ottawa
    Laurier @ McMaster
    Windsor @ Toronto
    Bye: Queen's

    Week 2
    Ottawa @ York
    McMaster @ Western
    Windsor @ Queen's
    Toronto @ Laurier
    Bye: Guelph

    Week 3
    York @ Toronto
    McMaster @ Ottawa
    Queen's @ Guelph
    Western @ Windsor
    Bye: Laurier

    Week 4
    Laurier @ York
    Windsor @ McMaster
    Ottawa @ Queen's
    Western @ Guelph
    Bye: Toronto

    Week 5
    Ottawa @ Toronto
    Queen's @ Western
    McMaster @ York
    Guelph @ Laurier
    Bye: Windsor

    Week 6
    McMaster @ Guelph
    Laurier @ Ottawa
    Toronto @ Queen's
    York @ Windsor
    Bye: Western

    Week 7
    Guelph @ Windsor
    Queen's @ Laurier
    Toronto @ McMaster
    Western @ York
    Bye: Ottawa

    Week 8
    Laurier @ Windsor
    York @ Queen's
    Toronto @ Western
    Guelph @ Ottawa
    Bye: McMaster

    Week 9
    Queen's @ Laurier
    Guelph @ Toronto
    Ottawa @ Western
    Windsor @ McMaster
    Bye: York

    Can someone double-check? "^)