What is this place?The CIS Blog, a website dedicated to covering university sports in Canada, was founded in August 2007 by sportswriters James Mirtle, of The Globe and Mail, and Neate Sager, now with Yahoo! Sports. (Our nondescript name is Mirtle's all fault, but we still like him anyway.)
More than six years later, we are going strong with about a dozen contributors located across the country. We try to be a comprehensive source for CIS news, analysis, and commentary; an aggregator for news from across the country; and a place where CIS diehards can have intelligent conversations on their own terms.
We cover regular events and important topics in football, basketball, hockey, and volleyball (and others), having sent accredited reporters to cover national championships in seven sports. Our RSS feed is available from this link, and you can follow us on Twitter as well.
Some of our current and former contributors are or were CIS student-athletes, or involved with a university athletics department in some way, but the site itself is entirely independent. We are not affiliated in any way with Canadian Interuniversity Sport, any of its member schools, or any other media outlet. (From November 2008 to August 2011, we were affiliated with The Score as part of their Sports Federation.)
We thank you for coming to visit, and we hope you'll stick around.
Contact informationWant to contribute? Have other questions? Contact Rob or Andrew.
About our teamEditors
Andrew Bucholtz (@andrewbucholtz) is a former sports editor of the Queen's Journal and a contributor to The CIS Blog since 2008. He covers the CFL for Yahoo! Sports Canada, and edits The Good Point's NFL and NCAA football coverage.
Rob Pettapiece (@RobPettapiece), a sports analyst and statistician based out of southern Ontario, has also contributed to The CIS Blog since 2008, producing most of the site's analytical work, and also writes elsewhere about sports statistics and other topics.
Jared Book (@jaredbook), one of our longest-serving writers and formerly with The Concordian, is a sports writer based in Montreal who knows the Quebec university scene well.
Kyle Brown (@BrownKyleW) a freelance journalist and editor covering hockey for us, was previously the editor-in-chief and sports editor at Laurier Brantford's The Sputnik, and can currently be found here.
Fraser Caldwell (@fraser_caldwell) previously the sports editor at McMaster's The Silhouette, now working for the Marauders' communications department and as a freelance reporter for the Canadian Press, is a volleyball columnist here, though he is often found in our football coverage as well.
Brian Decker (@Decker_Brian) leads our men's basketball coverage. He was previously the sports editor and executive editor at The Silhouette. A former varsity golfer at McMaster, Brian is now a media official with the PGA Tour Canada.
John Edwards (@Anorak_CA), previously the sports information director at Bishop's and Queen's universities, joins us to cover news from Quebec and elsewhere.
Kevin Garbuio (@Buio11), who previously played football for Acadia, covers football and basketball for us.
Scott Hastie (@Scott1Hastie) is the managing editor at The Silhouette, where he was previously assistant sports editor, and covers basketball for us.
Bronté James (@Bronte_James) is the current sports editor of The Brunswickan at UNB and a new contributor here for 2013-14, focusing on AUS soccer.
David Kilfoil (@dkilfoil) is back with more AUS men's hockey coverage, a longtime beat of his, for example as a broadcaster with CHSR-FM.
Perry King (@kingperry) writes about basketball and football, primarily focusing on the OUA. Perry, a community journalist based in Toronto and former sports editor at the University of Toronto's Varsity, is currently the sports editor for the Town Crier.
Robert Murray (@NovaCanuck) was previously the national sports editor for the Canadian University Press and sports editor at Mount Allison University's The Argosy, and is now part of The CIS Blog's expanding Wood Buffalo bureau as a multimedia sports reporter with Fort McMurray Today.
Neate Sager (@neatebuzzthenet) probably needs no introduction to our blog's readers, because...well, he ran the site for years. He now covers major junior hockey for Yahoo! Sports.
(Last updated: 2013-10-26.)