Shrum Bowl game cancelled

The Shrum Bowl will not be played for the 11th time in the 44-year history of the annual crosstown varsity football rivalry.

Apart from a pair of glitches in the 1970s and again in the '80s, the annual grid matchup between Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia has been a highlight night in the local football community.

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"I tell ya, we'd love to play that game," said SFU head coach Dave Johnson. "I wish we could have lined up in the parking lot. It's an important date for the football community."

The two schools often played the Shrum game in the month of October.

This season, the Clan plays in its second season of NCAA Division II ball, but has an open date at the end of the season.

UBC plays in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports association.

However, the Point Grey campus was reluctant to play in November due to the possibility of playoffs or following a long layoff after the CIS regular season ended, according to an article in the Ubyssey.

Johnson said that as early as next year, SFU might have more flexibility in making changes to its exhibition schedule to accomodate the Shrum Bowl date.

SFU holds the edge in the rivalry with a record of 17-15-1, including a 2720 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds in last year's tilt.

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