Some off-season news from around the OUA:
- I won’t often ask you to support the Queen’s Golden Gaels but this is one case where OUA sports fans all need to get behind the team in yellow. From a message from Queen’s A.D. Leslie DalCin … “Queen’s has applied for a noise bylaw limited temporary exemption with the City of Kingston to allow for the use of whistles, PA announcements, the National anthem and at Richardson Stadium amplified music.
The university is seeking a temporary exemption from Kingston’s noise bylaw so that we can continue to use Richardson Stadium and the sports fields on West Campus to play varsity sports and intramurals, and host community teams. If City Council doesn’t approve our application, our programs will be jeopardized.” You can support Queen’s application here. I hope this exemption would also cover bagpipes!!
- In case you missed it the big news following the McMaster Marauders spring camp was the potential loss of starting QB Marshall Ferguson. Ferguson injured his shoulder in a quarter-final win over Ottawa last November. The seriousness of his injury went undiagnosed until the end of Spring camp. When he did get an MRI it revealed “a slightly torn labrum”. Read the Hamilton Spectator story – Shoulder injury threatens Ferguson’s season at Mac. If Ferguson isn’t able to play, the ball will probably be handed to a highly regarded recruit – Asher Hastings of Regina.
- The resignation of McMaster Athletic Director Jeff Giles came as quite a surprise back in April. There is no shortage of people applying to replace him according to this Hamilton Spectator article – There’s plenty of interest in job opening. I’ve heard nothing about the OUA’s other vacant Athletic Director position at the University of Waterloo. The previous A.D. Bob Copeland announced his resignation last July and finished at the end of October. Eight months later and still nothing.
- It is pretty much the same story in the OUA head office where Brian Crawford continues on as interim executive director. Ward Dilse resigned in June 2013 and Crawford was given the interim title on August 30, 2013. I saw the Executive Director position being advertised on Linked In back in the Spring but I’ve heard nothing about an announcement. I would expect that Crawford, Queen’s grad, ex-Argo and brother of former Gryphon Brad Crawford, is a leading candidate for the job.
Back in the Spring the Waterloo Warriors named former Gryphon assistant coach Joe Hagins their new defensive coordinator. Hagins, a former Tiger-Cat teammate of Kyle Walters, came to Guelph with Walters when he became Gryphons DC in 2004. Hagins then became a part of Walters’ staff when he became head coach in 2006. Hagins worked with special teams, wide receivers and OLBs between 2006 & 2008. In 2009 he joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a graduate assistant.
- Other coaching changes around the OUA this off-season … months after Joe PaoPao left Waterloo for the CFL the Warriors named long time assistant Marshall Bingeman as the interim head coach … it took more than 3 months but the Queen’s Golden Gaels eventually replaced Pat Tracey with former CFL defensive coordinator Greg Marshall. Marshall was first announced as a “guest coach” but apparently the Gaels are counting on him to stick around for the whole season … Tom Flaxman left his OC position at UofT to become the Recruiting Coordinator & a defensive assistant coach at Western Ontario …. UofT also lost DC Greg Knox who later resurfaced back in his old job as DC at McMaster … to make way for Knox Mac axed their 2013 DC Kevin Eiben. Eiben, who wanted to continue coaching took the DC position at UofT that Knox had vacated … UofT hired uOttawa assistant coach Luigi Costanza as their new offensive coordinator … Windsor OC Steve Snider left to accept the same role at his alma mater StFX. I’ve heard nothing about his replacement … new Varsity Blues DC Eiben didn’t waste any time hiring some help. He named former CFL teammate Jordan Younger as his DBs coach.
- One non-OUA inclusion – U de Montreal. Some CFL reflections on visiting Montreal, including words from Mike O’Shea from the Winnipeg Sun – Montreal a memorable place for CFL players to visit … or is it?. No wonder so many Gryphon fans are making the trip. 🙂
- Other pre-season games involving OUA teams include … McGill @ UofT on Aug 23 and Concordia @ Queen’s on Aug 24th. I’ve heard rumours for months about Saskatchewan playing Western Ontario in various locations but I’m guessing it’s not going to happen since nothing has been confirmed.