Saturday, May 15, 2010

Northern Exposure

Chris Nugai (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

Running backs and special teams Coach Chris Nugai will be a guest coach next month with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL This will be Nugai's fourth go-round as a guest coach for a CFL team.

Speaking of the CFL, Tad Crawford '07 is coming back for his fourth season with the B.C. Lions. Remember that with the three-down football rules in the CFL, having good defensive backs is crucial.

Small World Update #127

I just found out that HB Shannon, who's doing a great job with his Brown Bear Blogger page, lives in Mayfield Heights, Ohio... probably about 2 minutes from the Marsol Apartments that were my home from 1996-97.

There must have been something in the hard water over there.

I have also been told that graduating CU seniors M.A. Olawale and Austin Knowlin are considering careers in the CFL. I'd love to see what Olawale could do with a few years to hone his skills purely as a running back. He could be an NFL player if he learns that position well enough.

And with all the punting in the CFL, I can see Knowlin as a pretty good weapon as a returner.


My Columbia football high school feeder site is now updated for the varsity years 1969 through 2002! Please visit the site and report any errors, omissions, or other good observations you might have.


At Sat May 15, 08:31:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger HBShannon said...

From the corner of SOM and Ridgebury to Marsol Apts. is exactly 1.41 miles.

FYI- Mayfield High school grad Karson Bodnovich is on the Columbia roster.

At Sat May 15, 09:04:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I worked at WJW in Cleveland during the "8 is News" era if you remember that. To this day, I have a hard time saying the number 8 without adding "is news" after it! Curse you Wilma Smith!

At Sun May 16, 11:27:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kirby Mack played football for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Interesting connection with the CFL. I think Marv Levy also coached in the CFL, and of course Warren Moon and Joe Theisman played north of the border.

At Tue May 18, 04:38:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

I did not know that about Kirby Mack, that's interesting. Anyone who plays pro football anywhere has my respect (even if said team was the Scottish Claymores).

It's just a wonder that more Ivy vets don't head up north, because I'm quite sure Canada's relative handful of football-playing colleges simply can't turn out enough grads every year even to meet the relatively small needs of the CFL.

Still, the number of graduates of specifically Canadian college football programs (as opposed to Canadians who play and matriculate here, that is) who correspondingly make it in the NFL seems to be stuck around zero.

At Tue May 18, 08:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel Idonije DT Bears, University of Manitoba.
Samuel Giguere WR/KR Colts, University of Sherbrooke.
Jon Ryan P, Seahawks, University of Regina.
J.P. Darche LS Chiefs, Mcgill.
Daniel Federkeil OT Colts. University of Calgary.
S├ębastien Sejean S Rams. Universite de Laval.

At Wed May 19, 07:30:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

Five (spread across a good number of seasons, not one representative year's draft class from above the border) hardly constitutes a "flood." (Yes, too, I'm sure there have been others.)

But my basic point holds. The CFL probably could not survive without American-born players. The NFL would and could do just fine without Canadians.

At Fri May 21, 04:01:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Be very careful distinguishing between SF Bay Area's Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (started about 1860 or so) in San Francisco and Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton, a foremr all girl's school that started admitting boys in the last 10 years or so and is now producing Ivy League football prospects. CU alum Martin attended Sacred Heart Cathedral.


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