Billy Greene (11) led UBC to a Hardy Cup appearance in 2011, but the program's threatened now.On the whole, it seems to be a pretty good time for CIS football. The Canadian university game is coming off two straight Vanier Cups that drew viewers in impressive numbers (660,000 on average in 2011, a CIS-record 910,000 in 2012), and although the Vanier Cup-Grey Cup partnership that helped boost those numbers has been dissolved (and won't be coming back any time soon), CIS football is still doing reasonably well thanks to a national deal with Sportsnet and regional deals with several providers. The CFL-CIS relationship has had rocky moments, but remains important to both organizations, and 44 of the 60 players (73.3 per cent) chosen in the 2013 CFL draft were from CIS schools, the highest number since 1987 and the highest percentage since 2009.
Moreover, coverage of the sport seems to be expanding, with television efforts like Krown Countdown U gaining wider distribution and other media outlets giving CIS football more and higher-profile coverage than they have in the past, and the university football ranks have even expanded this year with the return of the Carleton Ravens. Thus, it's more than a little surprising to read that the University of British Columbia may be contemplating cutting football a few years down the road. Here's The Province columnist Tony Gallagher's take on what may be going on:Read More »from CIS Corner: Is UBC considering cutting football? What could that mean for the university game?