Volume 92, Issue 72

Thursday, February 4, 1999


Bronzed Mustangs back from games

Mustang men shrink in Western's cold water

Excitement left behind in Thames

The World University Games are singing a different tune

Western rewind

Sports shorts

Western rewind

1978 – With a 39-1 record, the men's volleyball team was destined for gold at the Ontario championship tournament until the season was marred by scandal.

Two of the team's players competed in a London district volleyball tournament during the season, breaking a strict Ontario University Athletics Association rule, which states that athletes are not allowed to play for another team during the university season. The team was effectively disqualified from the tournament.

Since both players appeared on every game sheet, the committee ruled that the whole team was responsible.

Western's athletic director Robert Barney was not pleased with the ruling, saying the players had not competed in games but had just appeared on the game sheet. Ray Johnson, president of the OUAA, felt confident in the decision and felt Barney had no basis for an argument.

The Mustangs' punishment for violating the OUAA rule was forfeiting all games after Nov. 26.

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