Last season Gaiters Bishop’s University (1-7) was held under the sign of change: a new start in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and the first steps of Cherif Nicolas to head the football program . The results, they have remained the same.
A text Félix St-Aubin
The expectations for the Gaiters were higher than usual this fall. And because they did not have to compete with teams from Quebec Student Sport Federation (RSEQ) mainly tenors that are the Laval Université Laval (7-1) and the Carabins University of Montreal (6-1), considered far superior to those that occur in the east.
Baptism Gaiters in SUA and Nicolas in the university system resulted with a poor record of a triumph against seven losses, a similar performance to the previous three campaigns.
Indicatively, the victories of 2015 and 2016 have been pocketed against the Huskies at Saint Mary’s University (5-3) under interassociation duels.
“We experienced much adversity throughout the season, which will make us better in the future. But this year, for sure it has not yielded the expected results on the ground, admitted Nicolas, with particular reference to the many quarterbacks who have fallen in battle.
“This is probably one of the most important positions on the field or even the most important. We had to use five quarts [during the campaign] because of injuries, it has therefore limited our offensive production. ”
The structure of the calendar is also difficult for the Gaiters.
Six of our eight games [were played] against a team that was returning from his leave. While we were a bit lame, is faced with the training staff fresh and rested. It was a big factor.
A process launched
Culture change takes place since the power Nicolas contract. Slowly but surely, the successor to Kevin Mackey establishes his philosophy in the context of redefining the Gaiters. This lengthy process can only be completed after less than a year in the English-speaking university facilities.
“I think we have good speech, I think the youth of our team speak in the right way and saying the right thing, he imaged. We begin to have a common language, expectations in terms of results, which was not the case before, I think. Now it is to continue and apply all. ”
Nicolas is well aware that the problems will not be solved overnight. Recruitment essential element of all programs is high on his list of priorities for the rehabilitation team.
“We need to be more efficient, it brings more talented players in Lennoxville. […] This is the most important thing, “assured Nicolas, adding that he could not be more pleased with the last cohort who landed at Bishop’s University.
Whoever led the Spartans famous Old Montreal for seven seasons, winning in passing the Bol d’Or in 2014, said the transition was naturally and smoothly.
The commitment, preparation and behavior of the players on the field are the main differences that Nicolas noted after his first fall of college football.
Three of the four meetings abroad were held in Nova Scotia, or Acadia (6-2) at St. Mary’s University and St. Francis Xavier University (4-4). The other duel was played at the home of the Mounties Mount Allison (4-4), New Brunswick.
The Gaiters and lived a new reality using air transport to play their away games.
“We really took care of us in terms of the traveling logistics. We had chartered flights for all our games, we started from Sherbrooke. […] We flew between 55 minutes and 1 hour 10 minutes, depending on the airport where we landed. Two buses were waiting for us later on the track. ”
“There is talk of a total three-hour trip, continued Nicolas. The results have not shown, but the traveling was easy. It was not a decisive factor in any of the games. ”