Calgary Dinos forfeit Sepember 5 football game due to academic ineligibility

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Source: Ben Matchett, Calgary Assistant Athletic Director, Operations & Communications

CALGARY – The University of Calgary announced Monday that the Dinos football team will forfeit its Sept. 5 victory over the University of Alberta as a result of academic ineligibility of two student-athletes.

The infraction was the result of an administrative error within the athletic department. Upon the football program’s discovery of the error, it was immediately reported to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and Canada West, where automatic sanctions include forfeiture of competitions in which ineligible student-athletes have played. Additional sanctions will be confirmed once CIS has concluded its discipline process; however, the University of Calgary elected to take this initial step.

The error stemmed from anomalies in the recognition of course credits from 2013-14 where the courses were passed but ultimately not able to contribute to the 18 credit hour requirement to maintain eligibility for the 2014-15 season under CIS regulations. This was not caught when the athletic department performed its eligibility checks for the football team.

“Our football program has a reputation for excellence, and in this situation we failed in our responsibility to our players, Coach Nill, the coaching staff, and everyone associated with the program,” said Dinos Athletic Director Ron Wuotila. “We are profoundly disappointed by this regrettable mistake, and we will work diligently to re-evaluate our compliance systems to ensure a situation like this does not happen again.”

The result of the game, originally a 71-3 victory by the Dinos, will now be officially recorded as a 1-0 win for the Alberta Golden Bears. All statistics for the game remain intact, with the exception of those recorded by the ineligible players.

The players in question did not participate in any of the Dinos’ subsequent games.

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