Gryphon news, people and links – May 31

  Upon hearing that the Coach’s Gala Dinner on June 11 may sell-out I purchased my tickets last week on-line. I look forward to what should be an exciting fundraising event featuring NFL GM Tom Dimitroff. I’ve seen the list of door prizes and silent auction items – its incredible.  The list of authentic, autographed NFL, CFL, NBA & MLB helmets, footballs and jerseys is amazing. Plus there are holidays, golf pkgs (Angus Glen, Rocky Crest, Rebel Creek & more), Ticats season seats, Leafs vs Sabres tix, sporting goods … as I said, incredible. 

You have to be there to win!  Click here to view the invitation and purchase tickets on-line.

The search for a new offensive coordinator seems to be coming to an end.  In fact, a decision may have already been made by now. Late last week I received a message – The OC will be announced very soon.  Other than that I really know nothing, though an insider did tell me immediately after Perry Marchese’s resignation that “lots of candidates were showing interest”.  That was even before the job was posted.

In case you didn’t notice, this past week a new contributor – Justin Dunk -wrote his first post for the Gryphon Football blog –2012 Gryphon CFL Draft Prospects.  Admittedly, we have frequently quoted or linked to other things Dunk has written .  After a year as Sports Editor with The Ontarion and freelance work with cfl.ca Dunk has joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a staff writer.  These are his first story and his most recent story on ticats.ca.  You can keep track of Justin’s prolific writing output and pick up some comments on Gryphon football by following him on twitter – @JDunk12.

 Perhaps its just a coincidence but current Gryphon QB Chris Rossetti has also landed a CFL job.  Chris has a summer position as a Communications Assistant with the Toronto Argonauts.

Speaking of Gryphons and the Toronto Argonauts, over at cfl.ca there is an article on Argos’ 2nd yr Special Teams coach, and former Gryphon, Mike O’Shea.  Some highlights from this in-depth article:

Michael O’Shea was one of the greatest defensive and special teams players to ever suit up in the CFL, never mind his non-import status.  It is often said that great football players have a tough time trading in the helmet for a headset, after having played at such a high level during their careers.

… The University of Guelph grad must have been very pleased, on many occasions in 2010, after his special teams squad pulled off numerous fakes and creative plays to keep the football in the Argos possession.

• Chris Munford gets some more positive press in a recent Guelph Mercury article:

In 1997, Olsen, a Guelph CVI grad, was a legitimate Canadian Football League prospect in his third year at Mount Allison University when a helmet to the spine cracked one of his vertebrae.  “The doctor said I couldn’t play football anymore, so that was it. I quit school and football, and came home depressed,” he says. 

A couple of years later, with the help of University of Guelph football fitness guru Chris Mumford, he was healed enough to give it another shot. He had tryouts with the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger Cats before, with the urging of his wife Nicole, giving up the professional dream.

Transfer QB Jack Creighton enrolled at Guelph in January and participated in off season workouts with the team.  He did not participate it spring practice and its been known for a while that wasn’t going to follow through on his commitment to play here.  This Halifax news story covers his plans to return to St Mary’s.

The blog has reached a new milestone in May, our busiest month to date with 4,200 views and still counting. That despite only three posts in the first three weeks.  The previous high was in February a very busy month for recruiting announcements.  I think the ever growing numbers reflect a growing interest in and enthusiasm for Gryphon football.  Feel free to share the blog address with your fellow students or alums, family, friends, coaches , teammates – ie. anyone you want.

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