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Canada West disqualifies two football wins

November 5, 2009

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The SFU Clan football team has had two of its three wins this season disqualified by the Canada West Universities Athletic Association, the regional membership association of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

The forfeitures came after Canada West ruled that the team used an ineligible player—quarterback Caleb Clark—in its victories against UBC on Aug. 29 and the University of Manitoba on Sept. 11.

Clark, who transferred from the University of Western Michigan, was accepted Sept. 24 into the university’s MBA program after inadvertently enrolling in the graduate diploma program, which unlike the master’s program did not qualify him for a CIS transfer waiver.

"We told them it was an administrative error and Canada West agreed," says David Murphy, SFU’s senior director of athletics. "But they chose to disqualify the games anyway."

The forfeitures dropped the Clan to 6-1 (later 7-1 ) in last season in the CIS before joining the U.S. National Collegiate Athletics Association in 2010-11.

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