Three Downs is musings and thoughts from the Silhouette’s Assistant Sports Editor about the latest happenings in the OUA and CIS.
– The Ottawa Gee-Gees administration is in an interesting predicament. With a player mutiny developing against their head coach and a stadium located 40 minutes away from campus, the football program in Ottawa is in serious danger. With a 0-5 record in the 2012 season, the athletic department needs to act now before they hurt their program in the long run. An athletic department that doesn’t listen to their players is not going to be in recruit heaven.
– Between the Laurier baseball hazing scandal of 2012 and the Guelph rugby off-field conduct suspension of 2011, it’s clear the OUA is attempting to crack down on any extreme behaviours from their athletes. Athletes have a right to act however they choose when they’re away from the field but the OUA seems intent on making sure that their athletes are not uniting under their banner and creating any problems, for both other players or members of the community.
– Through five weeks of CIS competition, it’s evident that there is a large gap in talent within the top-ten ranked teams in the nation. McMaster controlled No.5 Queen’s until halfway through the fourth quarter, showing that the Kingston squad is still far behind the Maroon and Grey. No.2 Calgary ran over a strong UBC squad, beating them 62-7, giving the voters reason to question who is the favourite to win the Vanier Cup. This theory will face another huge test this weekend as Mac takes on No.6 ranked team, Western.