Mount Allison future

Discussion in 'Calgary Dinos and CIS Talk' started by Rids, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Rids

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    It had looked like Lloydminister's Jake Hotchkiss was leaving the Mounties this off season but things have swung around and he's back.

    They've also added a fantastic addition in running back Jordan Botel from the Vancouver Island Raiders junior team and the top high school player in New Brunswick in Michael Bohan. Hopefully with two good recruiting classes in a row things will be on the upswing from here on for Canada's underdog school.

    http://www.sackvilletribunepost.com/Spo ... pporters/1
     
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    High hopes for that little school.
     
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    Is it okay to think that maybe the town where Mt Allison is located just maybe too small population wise?
     
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    Careful with that Canadian thinking that schools of worth can only be placed in cities.
     
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    Sometimes you have be practical. Look at the CIS in Canada. Even in major metropolitan centres teams struggle for crowds BUT... at least they still get corporate & media support. It may not be that great but at least they still do. Put a CIS team in a small town on the prairies & it's a struggle... Put one in the Maritimes where population, money & corporate support is even much thinner & it is no wonder Mount Allison struggles. It's not Canadian thinking... It's reality. This isn't the US where there are 350 million people, but Canada with 35 million.
     
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    No but Oxford, MS (the home of Ole Miss) has a population under 20,000. Starkville, MS (the home of Miss State) has a population under 25,000. State College, PA (the home of Penn State) is 42,499 (meaning the entire population of the town could fit into the football stadium and have room for another 65,000 more people!). Manhattan, KS (the home of Kansas State) is 53,000. And yet these schools draw larger crowds for their spring inter-squad game than the CIS draws for the year.

    Having gone to a college town we drew the largest basketball crowds in Alberta with a town population of 3,000. Out drew not only the entire ACAC but the U of C, U of A and U of L too.

    Having visited Sackville I must also add that it's a great little town. I would encourage student athletes to give it a look when it comes to their recruiting process. (Wolfville, NS isn't any bigger...or Antigonish, NS)
     
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    Now how'd you do that MG?
     
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    Rids you forget one thing when quoting town populations. What is the popation of Mississippi or Pennsylvania compared to New Brunswick? Towns in the US may have collleges in towns of 40,0000 but they have two million to still draw from. That is the difference between the US & Canada.
     
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    Largest city in Mississippi is Jackson at 179,000.

    Saint John, NB would actually be the second largest city in Mississippi while Moncton or Fredericton would rank 3rd.

    Size of New Brunswick 72,908 sq km
    Size of Mississippi 121,477 sq km
     
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    Also take into account that there are 10 schools playing NCAA football in Mississippi compared to 1 school playing CIS football in New Brunswick.

    The truth of it is that people travel to games down there. Hundreds of miles to the game. Calgary can't get people to cross 16th Ave to go to games.
     
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    Yes, understand that Rids but population & the fact that people in the US support HS & college sports are the reasons why there are 10 colleges in Mississippi & one in NB. If it isn't pro sports, Canadians could care less. Two countries with 2 different cultural perspectives on sports. That's why I think a team like Mt. Allison will always struggle & maybe having a team in Sackville, NB doesn't make a lot of sense economically.
     

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