The Trinity Western Spartans, who are in the second round of the playoffs vs. UBC, just got their wrist slapped for using an ineligible player in the first round vs. Victoria. Coach Scott Allen, as noted by our Rob Pettapiece at cisblog.ca, has been suspended two games, which could kill their chances of beating No. 2-ranked UBC. It raises the question of whether the punishment fit the crime.
As Rob noted, the Canada West rules are pretty clear. Rosters are frozen at 12 players for the playoffs. Trinity Western used 13 players in the series, with guard Daniel Demian dressing and playing sparingly in the final two games, including the Spartans' 87-85 win in the decisive Game 3, when he was on the floor for all of eight seconds (but managed to draw a shooting foul, making 1-of-2 free throws).
By the strictest letter of the law, the series could have been forfeited to Victoria. Demian only got on the floor for a few moments in the series-deciding game, but the rule is who dresses.
The odd part was that Allen, who's done a tremendous job turning around Trinity Western since being hired in February 2008 (it made a 13-win improvement from 4-19 to 17-6), made a change after the first game. Demian replaced forward Ryan Froese in Game 2 of the series. Each of them played in Game 3 after another forward, Joseph Vroom, was ruled out with an infection in his elbow.
Trinity Western could have pleaded ignorance. It did not work for Alex Rodriguez, so it is bound for work for someone.
Gee-Gees: CIS Football Recruiting Database is listing some of Ottawa's potential recruits ("rumours" at this point):
- Defensive back Soonbum Cha, who played quarterback at Assumption High School in Burlington;
- Linebacker Stephen O'Donnell, a Kingston native, is apparently transferring in from Bishop's (any relation to Sean O'Donnell, the former Queen's and Ottawa offensive lineman? Same last name, both attended Holy Cross in Kingston).
- Defensive back Ty Rusznak, who previously played in the NAIA at Minot State and UBC (yes, another transfer).
- High school running back Brendan Gillanders is listed as committed to Ottawa. Gillanders played amateur football for the Cumberland Panthers and high school ball at Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
Unlucky 13 for Trinity (Rob Pettapiece, cisblog.ca)