One wonders what the hell is going on, in a macro sense, that is affecting university sports in this country.
It just cannot be a lack of leadership from the powers that be, or can it it? The most generous thing you can say is that there are broader social trends that might make it harder to find school or conference to host a Vanier Cup. It does seem the powers-that-be are not polishing the message very well, since now the story is that there is no host for the 2009 game -- which is pure journalistic dynamite. Obviously, someone is going to host it. From a PR point of view, it should have never come to this point -- just say you're working on it.
Partnering with the CFL and playing in the same city the Grey Cup was being held in makes sense. There is a captive audience of football fans in the host city, as evidenced when Saint Mary's and Manitoba drew 26,787 to Rogers Centre for last year's final two days before the pros' championship game. That was the only Vanier crowd to top 20,000 since Western's back-to-back trips in the mid-'90s.
The igdignities fans of three-down football in Canada have to suffer never cease to amaze. Yeesh.
No takers for next year's Vanier Cup; University title game homeless for 2009 and beyond after bidding fails to attract offers (David Grossman, Toronto Star)