People awaiting the fate of the Atlantic University Sports (AUS) championship football game between St. Mary’s University and Acadia University that was cancelled two days ago will have to wait one more day for an answer.
The ruling on SMU’s motion to have the game reinstated, as well as whether the matter should be dealt with on an urgent basis, is still underway in Halifax.
Just after 8 p.m., Associate Chief Justice Deborah Smith said she wanted to adjourn until Sunday. She said she was getting tired and wanted to give arguments her full attention. The hearing has been going on since 3 p.m. on Saturday.
“Let’s talk practicalities,” Smith said.
The hearing will continue at 9:30 a.m. and Smith said her game plan is to give her decision by Sunday night.
The Huskies were scheduled to play in the Loney Bowl on Saturday, but Atlantic University Sport (AUS) cancelled the game over concerns about the eligibility of a Saint Mary’s player, wide receiver Archelaus Jack.
Player eligibility rules
The controversy stems from a league participation rule that dictates any former CFL player, or anyone who remains on a CFL team’s practice roster after Aug. 15, has to wait one year before playing for a university team.
Jack played in every Saint Mary’s game this season. He was released from the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster on Oct. 11, 2016.
SMU said it reached an agreement on Oct. 27 with the national governing body for university sports, U Sports, after concerns arose about Jack’s eligibility to play.
Officials from Saint Mary’s University have been pushing for the game to take place after an Ontario judge sided with the school on Friday.
The university filed court documents with the Ontario Superior Court earlier this week to have the U Sports agreement enforced, as Ontario is where U Sports is based.
According to a written decision by Ontario Superior Court Judge Todd Archibald released on Friday, U Sports agreed not to investigate the eligibility issue in exchange for SMU not pursuing legal action against it.
The decision also states that SMU said its understanding of the one-year CFL rule was that it was one academic year, not a calendar year, meaning Jack was only ineligible for the 2016-2017 school year.
Harm to university’s reputation
Archibald’s decision also noted that SMU is concerned about…