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05-20-2013, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by wolf13 View Post
I bet if you looked at US college sports you would probably find that say a disproportionate number of football players from say California end up playing football in the Big10 or that a disproportionate numbers amount of high end basketball players end up playing in the state of North Carolina. Certain schools create pipelines to certain states based on the success of a few recruits from those states.

Schools like UNC, Duke, Kentucky, and Kansas have a history of winning that attracts players. Look at the university of Gonzaga and look how they recruit. Its because they have been able to win and really nothing more. They aren't a prestigious academic school, they aren't located in and ideal area. They win and because of that recruits want to play for them.

An Ontario school hasn't won the University Cup in the last 11 seasons.

McGilll, UQTR, and Concordia along with Moncton have a stranglehold on Quebec players for obvious reasons.

The AUS has had half its teams reach a national final in the last 10 years.
It's very convenient to argue that players choose certain schools due to their winning tradition (or some perception of the "chance to win").

But, a school like Lakehead is where the "Winning Tradition" argument breaks down. (No disrespect intended to anyone from TBay ...) Lakehead is a small school with weak academics located in a remote city with harsh conditions, and the team needs to travel tremendous distances to play. Yet, it formed a program with external funding and, poof, within 3 years sprinted to the top of the standings.

Some might argue that great players chose Lakehead for the chance to win. Yet, out of the same OUA West conference, Western routinely goes to CIS Nationals, and has been in the CIS Final Game 3 times in the last 12 years. Moreover, Western is a better school academically (by any measure you choose), and is in a nicer place to live.

So, what other incentives could there be to go to Lakehead?

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