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Statement to media: University of Regina Rams Football season update

News Release Release Date: October 5, 2018 12:00 p.m.

The University of Regina is launching an internal review following its disclosure of an ineligible player on the Rams Football team that resulted in three forfeited conference game wins during the 2018 Canada West season.

The eligibility issue was submitted to U SPORTS, the national governing body of university sport in Canada, after the University discovered a student-athlete did not meet U SPORTS eligibility regulations.

As a result, the Rams Football team must forfeit games won on Sept. 7 (51-13 win at Alberta), Sept. 14 (19-17 win vs. UBC), and Sept. 29 (32-31 win at UBC). The forfeited games will be recorded as losses for the Rams who fall to 0-5 in the Canada West conference standings.

An oversight during the University’s student-athlete intake and eligibility process led to an ineligible player competing in all six of the Rams’ games this season, including five conference games, three of which were won. 

The review will include an investigation into the University’s current student-athlete intake processes and make recommendations that will inform future processes.

The University has also been advised that the U SPORTS discipline panel will set parameters on any reviews and required structural changes the University undertakes; the University will fully comply with U SPORTS.

This is a difficult time not only for the Rams, but for the University and the wider community. The players are, and will remain, the University’s primary concern. The team has been notified of the ruling and the University has made supports such as Counselling Services available to them.

 

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