Andrew Bucholtz over at The 55-Yard Line has taken a broader look at former Warriors running back Matt Socholotiuk's positive HGH test. You might recall there was idle wondering why the Warriors' leading rusher hadn't surfaced as a transfer or been quoted about the season being shut down.
Another place to take this is to note how CCES' witchhunt and Waterloo's overreaction have smeared anyone who ever wore the black and gold with the 'roider brush. The wastes of space at one Toronto media outlet ran a random, uncaptioned Warriors shot that wasn't even of Socholotiuk (it was Jordan Verdone). Translation: they're all guilty.
In the view of London, Ont.-area high school coach John Kublinskas, the coach of another outed player, Spencer Zimmerman-Cryer, it has too much stickiness. And it's only going to be linked to one school.
"Kublinskas said this situation will have ramifications down the road — and not just for the player.By the same token, there is an argument that warning athletes a drug test might affect them in the job market might be an effective deterrent.
" 'This is hiring stuff now,' he said. "[Zimmerman-Cryer will] always be attached to this. We (Waterloo football alumni) will always be attached to this now, too. I'm 10 years removed and I'm still attached to this.' — London Free Press
Telling someone that bad press will stay on the Internet in perpetuity and that employers do Google applicants' names might cause someone to toe the line. That does not cross over into people who tested clean, point being.
There needed to be some collective sanction of the Waterloo team. Former receivers coach Carl Zender and the players might have erred with their passionate plea by not communicating what they were prepared to do as penance. Now it's stuck to everyone, all so Waterloo admins can feel good and the self-justifying CCES can push their agenda to suck up a few dollars from the federal government.
Please try to see that shit runs downhill: they're using the little guy. Canadian university football might have trouble getting people to respect the Vanier Cup, but the CCES has turned this into its Super Bowl! They're feeding the public's convenient fake concern about performance-enhancing drugs, since because it's CIS, they're not ruffling as many of the big corporate sponsors who partner with the National Hockey League, Canadian Hockey League and Canadian Football League.
And who wears it? The 85 per cent of Waterloo footballers who tested negative.
The upshot is, and thank goodness, we've seen some excellent fan support so far this season in the OUA (8,000-plus at Western, 6,000-plus in Ottawa, around 5,000 at McMaster). Perhaps it has "cast a shadow over the entire Ontario university season," as Ryan Pyette noted, but if it's not reflected in the spectator turnout, then has it really?
Who knows, maybe if Waterloo had shown real leadership, booted the bad apples and said it would play, people would have welcomed them back.
Meantime, is spiking a season really going to work? Mike Esposito, Zimmerman-Cryer's summer football coach, is a little dubious:
"What aggravates me about all this is it's academia making the decision (to suspend the Waterloo football program for a year). You've got a few players doing a selfish act — and Spencer is one of them — but you just punished a bunch of innocent kids. Does everyone go to jail just because we have a few murderers?Yes, this is getting like an iPod stuck on repeat; apologies for that, but that's why browsers have the scroll function. Let us get it through our collective head that shutting down a season and playing to PED paranoia is not one and the same with developing a cost-effective HGH test.
"Go and test at every university and you'll find players testing positive at every one of them. But what this does is tell the kids to keep quiet. They could have used this to make a valuable education point by telling those kids who were clean, 'You guys are the ones we want.' To me, it was an absurd decision."
Positive tests scratching surface (Ryan Pyette, London Free Press)