Carleton football revival felt around CIS

The Carleton Ravens varsity football team has yet to play a game, but the effect of their reborn program is already being felt around the league.

Nowhere is this truer than down the Rideau Canal at the University of Ottawa, where the Gee-Gees are off to a disastrous 0-4 start.

As Neate Sager of Yahoo Sports writes, this has Gee-Gees head coach Gary Etcheverry in hot water.

The Gee-Gees, of course, only hired Etchveerry because their previous head coach, J.P. Asselin, bolted for Carleton. He was soon followed by offensive co-ordinator Chris Coulson.

Out east, the Saint Mary’s Huskies are likely questioning a thing or two as well after a disappointing 0-3 start.

Last December, the Huskies parted ways with their head coach Steve Sumarah for no apparent reason. Under his watch, the Huskies posted an impressive 42-18 record, but that apparently didn’t matter.

Carleton quickly scooped up Sumarah, who brought Huskies backup quarterback Jesse Mills (and other Saint Mary’s recruits) along with him to the nation’s capital.

With fifth-year Huskies quarterback Jack Creighton sidelined for the rest of the season, the loss of Mills seems even greater now.

Just thought I’d point that out.

As you were.

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

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