HALIFAX — Following a conference call this morning with the four football playing schools and Mr. Kevin Dickie, sport chair for Atlantic University Sport football, Atlantic University Sport has announced the following decision on the balance of the 2006 regular season schedule and playoff format.
1. The Acadia at Mount Allison game scheduled for Friday, October 27 will be played Saturday, October 28 at 2 p.m. as originally scheduled.
2. The Mount Allison @ Saint Mary’s game from October 13 which was rescheduled for Tuesday, October 31 has now been cancelled.
As a result, all four teams will qualify for the playoffs and StFX, Saint Mary’s and Mount Allison will play a seven game regular season schedule. Acadia will finish in first place and will host the 4th place team in one semifinal while the 2nd place team will host the 3rd place team in the other semifinal, both to be played on Saturday, November 4th.
“Adversity due to a breakout of the Norwalk virus at Mount Allison and StFX brought about the need to make difficult decisions related to completing the 2006 football schedule,” said Mr. Phil Currie, Executive Director of Atlantic University Sport. “I would like to thank the four football athletic directors, our sport chair, Mr. Kevin Dickie and our office staff for participating in a very positive way towards a manageable solution to this problem. This decision was difficult because whichever direction it went there were potentially some members more affected then others. Fortunately, we have sport administrators who understand the importance of student welfare and cooperation in times of extreme difficulty.”
– The October 28th game (Acadia @ Mount Allison) will be televised by EastLink Television.
– All teams will be allowed to dress 45 players for the remainder of the regular season and conference playoff games. Currently, the visiting teams may dress 40 for regular season games and home teams may dress 45, while both teams could previously dress 40 for Atlantic University Sport playoff games.