Notes on our teams and players of interest from The 613.
Gaels: Queen's grad's Rob Bagg's gamble to turn down a practice roster spot and go back to school appears to have paid off. Fullback Mike Giffin, though, is at least according to a commenter, back in Kingston after being released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have posted their final cuts and Bagg's name isn't on there, which presumably can be taken as confirmation that he'll start the season with the defending Grey Cup champs. Kevin Scott will open the season as the 'Riders long snapper.
(That's two Gaels -- Marc Mitchell had a pretty good run in Calgary -- who have made the league just for long-snapping.)
Fellow ex-Gaels receiver Brad Smith, was let go by the Montréal Alouettes. Meantime, as for Giffin, last season's OUA rushing champ was also cut by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. There's talk both on here and among the dot-orgers that he wasn't interested in sticking around to be on the practice roster; he has one year of eligility left, so keep an eye on the Whig-Standard for news. It's their job -- it's not the job of someone who can barely do agate for the Ottawa Sun and should be grateful just for the chance.
Gee-Gees: Defensive back Steve Holness, at least according to the hometown Free Press' Ed Tait (probably the best CFL writer in the country), has secured a backup role with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. At least he's listed there. They cut Sebastian Clovis, so there might have been a need for another Canadian in the defensive secondary. (Not the qualifiers "at least according to" and "might" -- it's hard getting definitive info about this, which is odd in 2008.)
Another Gee-Gees d-Back, Delroy Clarke, is on the Toronto Argonauts practice roster, but there's still time for him to return to school. (Major thanks goes to OttawaFan, apparently.)
Ravens: Carleton announced Friday that its hockey recruiting class will include a pair of forwards from the OHL's Barrie Colts, Ryan Berard, who had a decent overage season last season, and a stay-at-home D-man, Brett Halstead, who also played in Barrie last season. Berard skated alongside Ravens captain Andrew Gibbons for two-plus seasons with the Belleville Bulls.
Carleton's exhibition schedule will include a two-game trip to Lakehead in late September, which should be a good test for coach Fred Parker's program.
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