Golden Gaels: Graduating football player Scott Stinson is going to be putting his size and soft hands to use in another sport, as he's joined the Queen's men's basketball team.
Stinson, at 6-foot-7, is equal in height to the hoops team's two tallest players, Bernard Burgessen and Pat Beswick, and with that tight end's body, provides some of bulk under the boards. The word out of Kingston is that he is expected to become a 12-minute-a-night reserve forward who can get a lot of rebounds once he's in game shape.
Stinson will dress tonight for the Gaels in Guelph . Coincidentally enough, he was injured when the football team played the Gryphons -- although it is not clear if he'll see the floor. I'm told that the other day, the Gaels had a "redshirt game," where the rookies played the starters and a team scored a point by getting a rebound, first one to five wins. The redshirts, with Stinson on their side, won for the first time since the Queen's coaches could remember.
Two-sport athletes are a bit of a rarity in Canadian university athletics -- although Western basketball guard Jason Milliquet is moonlighting with the football Mustangs, and Erik Glavic helped Saint Mary's reach the Final 8 in basketball in 2007, a few months before he led the football team to a Vanier Cup berth and won the Hec Crighton Trophy.
More experienced minds would have a better chance of correctly answering when was the last time Queen's had a football/basketball crossover. Anoteher tight end,
It is always a rush, as a fan, to see athletes try something like this. Who knows, perhaps since he finished his football eligibility, Stinson figured it was now or never. Good for him.