“THE BC LIONS ARE DEEPLY SADDENED AND DISAPPOINTED TO HEAR THE NEWS ABOUT SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY’S FOOTBALL PROGRAM. TODAY’S NEWS IMPACTS SEVERAL DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS, IN PARTICULAR THE STUDENT-ATHLETES, COACHES, STAFF, COUNTLESS VOLUNTEERS, PARENTS AND, OF COURSE, ALUMNI, WHO TIRELESSLY DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO THE SFU PROGRAM.
THE LONG AND RICH HISTORY INCLUDED A VERY PROUD CHAPTER THAT HIGHLIGHTS ITS BOND WITH OUR TEAM AND LEAGUE. LUI PASSAGLIA, RICK KLASSEN, NICK HEBELER, GLEN JACKSON, SEAN MILLINGTON AND ANGUS REID ARE JUST A FEW OF THE GREATS WHO CAME THROUGH SFU, BUILDING A TRADITION THAT CONTINUES TODAY WITH CURRENT LIONS MICHAEL COUTURE AND JORDAN HERDMAN-REED. THE BC LIONS WILL CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SUPPORT AMATEUR FOOTBALL AT ALL LEVELS IN THIS PROVINCE.”
I've posted about this before. SFU didn't like playing in CIS/ USport because of travel costs. The writing has been on the wall since they got turfed from their division. They were having trouble recruiting players in any case, so this is all face saving. The program has been a disaster for years.
I am saddened to hear this news about SFU cancelling its football program - our football game is as unique as our education system. If SFU can't support Canadian culture, then maybe they need to re-think their role in our educastion system.
SFU didn't play Canadian rules, they have played US rules since the 60's. And I'm really confused as to what dropping a football program that competed in the States has to do with supporting Canadian culture.
SFU played in U-Sports from 2002-2009. Your statement is factually incorrect. Also lots of Alumni went on to play in the CFL. Canadian rules and American rules have very little difference. All BC High Schools play American Football. Quite a few in Ontario play American rules. Quebec High Schools play 4 downs. All football loving youth play American rules when it comes to video games. American Football is a bigger part of Canadian Culture than Canadian football.
Its good news disguised as bad news. It was always a goofy idea for a CANADIAN school to play in the NCAA. Simon Fraser needs to return to USports in 2024. That would give Canada's third largest city two university football programs, just like Toronto (Toronto & York) and Montreal, which has three (Montreal, Concordia and McGill). Any change that supports Canadian rules over U.S. rules is a good change. Make it so.
This news is really sad for me. I love the game played by the CFL and losing a source of Canadian football players can only be a blow to the CFL given the rise of XFL and USFL who need players as well. The Canadian Talent is small enough without losing another source. And the CFL game gives me an opportunity to be proudly supporting Canadian talent over American. I fear if this is a trending situation the CFL will disappear all together.