Ravens return

The Carleton Ravens held a press conference this afternoon to announce that the school’s varsity football team has officially been “reborn.” The revival has been in the works for a few years now, and it appears as though the Ravens will finally take to the field again in 2013. This is bitter-sweet for me.

I’ve been following the revival very closely for about a year now, as I was last year’s sports editor of The Charlatan, so it was great to be at the press conference today when the announcement was made. On the other hand, the team won’t actually play a game until I’ve graduated. That, for me, is a major disappointment.

I’m sure I’ll be following the team regardless (especially considering all the time and energy I’ve spent into researching this baby — just ask Julia Johnson, who was my go-to football writer last year), but it would have been nice to be a part of it. Oh, well.

As Kevin McKerrow said in his speech today, this is really just the beginning. Now the fun really starts. In the coming months, this varsity football team is going to be put together right in front of our eyes, and The Charlatan Sports will be there every step of the way (shameless plug).

This is going to start with the hiring of a manager of football operations, McKerrow told me after the presser. He and the other members of the revival group are in the process of deciding who in fact that will be. An announcement could be made “very soon,” he said, possibly in the next few weeks.

This manager of football operations will be in charge of recruitment until a head coach is named, McKerrow said. The formal application process and competition for the team’s head coach won’t happen until November or December, as McKerrow doesn’t want the any interested coaches to feel like they have to put their respective programs in jeopardy.

I’m really curious to see how this pans out. Putting together a successful on-field product right away isn’t easy. Just ask the Vancouver Whitecaps. Either way, I can’t wait for things to get rolling.

On a side note, I’ve redesigned The Charlatan’s Twitter layout. Was going for something more simple and professional. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Farhan Devji
Farhan Devji is an author, journalist, and communications professional based in Ottawa. His work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Edmonton Journal, the Vancouver Sun, and the Montreal Gazette. Contact him directly at fdevji@gmail.com.

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