Proving that he's more than just the best hockey blogger in the world, James Mirtle continues to do great work covering UBC's potential move to the NCAA.
Writing in yesterday's Globe, Mirtle breaks down the possible reasons for the move and what it might mean to CIS sport if a major player like UBC made the jump. As always, James has the Ts dotted and Is crossed (or something like that anyway).
The thinking here remains that UBC is doing this as a power play to force the CIS to liberalize its scholarship rules. It's simply the latest twist in the long standing philosophical divide between Canada West and the rest of the country.
Even if the CIS doesn't blink, it is unlikely that UBC will be battling for a spot in the Rose Bowl any time soon. A full move, especially to the big money sports, would be difficult for UBC to pull off. Impossible, in the case of football. It's likely that the Thunderbirds would remain in CIS football.
Golf, however, likely baseball, possibly hockey (although there are complications to that) and, most dramatically, basketball are the most likely.
As a Canadian it's OK to be ambivalent about this. It's a little hard to cheer for the gonna-take-my-ball-and-go-home approach UBC is going with here, but it's also hard to not agree that the CIS needs a bit of a kick in the ass. Maybe seeing 18,000 people at GM Place to watch a big showdown with Gonzaga will get the rest of the Canadian ADs thinking.