Monday, 14 September 2009

Canada West places Simon Fraser on probation

With this announcement, Simon Fraser officially will not be able to vote in conference matters, a logical and seemingly-expected step to take for Canada West for a member that has already made plans to leave the conference. Simon Fraser will still be allowed to vote for player and coach recognition. The Clan plans to enter NCAA Division 2 beginning with the 2011-12 academic year so they have 2 more seasons remaining in Canada West/CIS.

2009-10 CWUAA Media Release: Simon Fraser athletics placed on probation

EDMONTON - The Canada West University Athletics Association (CWUAA) announced today that Simon Fraser University’s membership has been re-categorized to that of full member with probationary status for the 2009-10 athletics season.

In July Simon Fraser was given conditional acceptance and expressed their intent to join the NCAA beginning in the 2011-12 season. The Canada West Board of Directors, acting on the advisement of its membership, took action to begin the transition of Simon Fraser from the CWUAA. The CWUAA membership and Simon Fraser consented to the re-categorization of SFU for the 2009-10 season. A decision regarding Simon Fraser's 2010-11 Canada West membership has been deferred until later this year.

Probationary status means Simon Fraser will not be eligible to vote in conference matters. The move does not affect Simon Fraser's ability to fully compete in the 2009-10 season, including post-season play and coach and athlete recognition.

Simon Fraser joined the Canada West in 2001 and competes in football, men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball and wrestling. Simon Fraser has also maintained membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Please direct questions to the Canada West office: Contact information for all conference schools and the League office can be found on the “Members” and “Contact Us” web pages.

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