Time to think about Interlock games on the schedule

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Time to think about Interlock games on the schedule

Post by cflsteve » Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:59 pm

The AUS will never be able to command the top players by playing teams three times in one season. The Q has elivated some of this by offering one interlock game.
RSEQ has seen a big split with the Franco schools dominating due to the strength of the CEGAP which is now able to feed three schools Laval, Sherbrooke, and Montreal.
McGill relies heavily on recruiting from Ontario but hard to get top players to come knowing they will not be playing any games in Ontario.
The OUA will now be up to 11 teams. Spliting the OUA into two disisions a North and south or may make sense opening more dates for interlock games. the OUA north for example would have to play each team in its divison once and the same with the south. A smaller Northern conferance would allow MCgill and Concordia to play two interlock games with North divison OUA schools where Mcgill could schdule 2 interlock games with some former rivals like the Gee Gees, Varsity Blues, and Quenns. This would enable them to grab some of the top Ontario Players, reignite some rivalries and offer the players a chance to go up against the top program Laval each season once the recruiting classes become stronger it would enable Mcgill to add player depth with the notion that building a program with some top non conferance Rivals with a chance of knocking off the much hated Laval program.
For the OUS Sherbrooke and Bishops would be a natural regional rival for schools in the AUS with each team playing possibily two Aus school each season on a rotating basis enableng the AUS schools a chanc at a better vriety in there schedule while Bishops and Sherbrooke would not have to travel far for games in the Atlantic Region and still get some top competition right away from Saint Mary's and Acadia.
Having only the league games from each conferance only count to the playoff standings but playing a tougher schedule would enable Saint Mary's and Acadia more respect when coming to the National rankings. When players see that Aus schools now have the respect of the National rankings the lower two schools like STFX and Mount Allison could choose a recruiting strategy for young players that if you come here you will get a chance to play right away as opposed to sitting for 3 seasons behind 5th yr players.
In the Can West teams with the resources like Laval or some OUA schools would be able to make trips out to the Can West to play teams and vise versa for the Can west sschools coming east.
With the score and its Varisty rush being bought out by Rogers it may leave an opening for TSN/RDS to coordinate a super series of games each season among the top interlocking games as the CIS National game of the week.
IT is the next logical step and it would enable to even the playing field across the board.

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Re: Time to think about Interlock games on the schedule

Post by 294life » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:12 am

I totally agree.
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Re: Time to think about Interlock games on the schedule

Post by cflsteve » Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:31 pm

I dont know why they are dragging there feet on this. CIS football has never been so popular. Hockey will still rule but it gets a ton of coverage through the Juniors. By the CIS getting coverage and making it an exciting option for young athletes more of the better athletes may choose football as a way to glory. With the OUA being sponsored by the major companies with the latest gear and the newer stadiums being built. Guelf coach has admitted that there deal with there sponsor along with the new stadium has given a huge boost to recruiting. Thee Uniforms as well as westerns look awesome and every young athlete want to look good.

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