by the end of their run was Simon Fraser was getting frequently beat by the best of Canada West, which in turn would get destroyed by Laval; the small number of teams in CIS makes assigning one division as a one size fits all very poorly considered, Laval and Toronto play in the same level of football but would be miles apart if both were in an NCAA structure
re Simon Fraser, they're a one-off due to the university's unique history re football and can't be considered representative of the rest of Canadian collegiate football, there's a restarted Canadian football team at Carleton this coming year (in Ottawa) and out Simon Fraser's way in British Columbia, UBC Okanagan, a Canadian junior football program currently, are going to start playing college football
This is written by the Canada West TV commentator Jim Mullin on Simon Fraser and how they're going with talent heading into 2013 (they're looking south instead of to B.C.):
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Long-time SFU coach Dino Geremia has been released from his defensive coordinator duties at Simon Fraser University. It was the SFU grad's second go-round on the hill, and quite frankly he deserves better. I've been told that head coach Dave Johnson wants to "go American" with his paid coaching staff, and Geremia's passport didn't fit the bill. This will not be a popular decision in the local football community, as Geremia has been a tireless worker not just for the Clan but also for Football BC in various capacities.
The move reaffirms what many - including myself - insisted would happen to SFU in their transition to Division II. The shift to Great Northwest Athletic Conference has led to more opportunities for American coaches and players and a lower profile for Canadians.
The first position to fall was the quarterback spot, as Johnson went cross border shopping in Seattle for current starter Trey Wheeler. His backup is Oregonian Reece Hack. Both Ryan Schwartz (Alberta) and Greg Bowcott (Langley Rams/UBC) saw the writing on the wall and left the hill looking for opportunity to develop elsewhere. But it doesn't stop there. In all, 18 players recruited from Washington, Oregon and California were on last year's roster and you can expect that to increase in 2013.
Prominent BC players on the roster like Keynan Parker and Lemar Durant would seem to have the stamp of approval since they are D1 transfers.
The school and the Clan alumni have made the choice to funnel precious dollars into international tuition for these players which they are free to do. It's up to Canadian recruits to see how they fit into a diminishing role within the new reality at Simon Fraser.
As predicted when SFU was being shown the door by the Canada West and CIS, the original idea of founding coach/athletic director Lorne Davies is being flipped on its ear in regard to football.
In 1965 Davies quite rightly wanted to put a halt to the siphoning of Canadian talent southward via scholarships, in an era where CIAU schools offered no financial aid at all. His motto was, "Canadian education with American competition". It was so successful that SFU was a national destination for top talent and became an assembly line to stock the rosters of CFL teams. When Canadian schools started to phase in financial support for student athletes SFU's dominance on the recruiting landscape began to fade. When they used the CIS as a 'port in a storm' when there was no US competition available, it was clear that the upper echelon of Canadian teams had passed them in terms of developing players.
In an effort to revive the good old days, SFU launched themselves back into American waters with the ethos of the manifest of the 1960's. Heading into 2013 Davies' motto can be rewritten. SFU Football is for "American students against American competition, with a Canadian education and a local supporting cast along for the ride".
as far as the Bills, I'll bet any takers $1000 that there will be no pro football team stationed full-time in Toronto until there is one in Los Angeles; second, when the NFL talks international expansion, they talk London, not Toronto