Canadian University Football Hall of Fame

The UFRC participated in a conference call with a sub committee of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame today in an effort to establish a dialogue between the two parties concerning a division dedicated to a CIS Football Hall of Fame.

The concept, formulas and time frames presented to the CFHOF by the UFRC were received favourably.

The next step will be to include the CIS in a similar discussion over the next two weeks in a meeting involving the UFRC and the CFHOF.

The CFHOF and the hall agreed on the following concepts they will go forward on:

1. The UFRC presented a process for selection which was received favourably from the CFHOF.

2. The earliest target date for the first induction would be the fall of 2010.

3. The CIS inductees would be inducted at an event surrounding the Vanier Cup, creating another event for Vanier Cup week and further expanding the brand of the CFHOF.

4. The UFRC will consult the CIS on their requirements and possible contribution to the process, then meet via teleconference with the CFHOF in the next two weeks.

5. The CIS division would be separate from the main Hall, but that would not limit individuals from being inducted into both.

All of this is pending acceptance by the main CFHOF board and the various departments in the CIS.

-Jim Mullin, August 17, 2008

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame has recognized that both CIS and CJFL players and builders have been under represented in the hall.

The Hall has advised us that changes are in store to further include CIS players and builders.

The UFRC will continue to lobby the hall on behalf of the CIS game. We will also continue to develop our own nominees to recognize hall of fame worthy candidates within our own CIS game.

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The following is a a motion forwarded to the CIS.

The UFRC has been in communication with the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. While initial communication has been positive, there is not yet an agreement in place to create space in the hall for a university-only installation.
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The original motion:

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame – University Division

The UFRC executive shall strike a committee to annually elect a class of players, teams, builders and media to the University Division of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

1. Mission

By whatever circumstance, the achievements of Canadian Football at the University level in the modern era have been underrepresented in terms of recognition and preservation of the history of the game.

It is the intention of the UFRC, working with its partners to create and preserve a living history of Canadian University Football by recognizing the achievements of those who have made a significant contribution to the game.

The UFRC sets out the following guidelines to select members and groups specifically to a University Division of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

2. Eligible Candidates

i.) Players

a.) Any player who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian university game displayed in his performance during his university career.

b.) Must be graduated from his University football program for at least five years.

c.) A player’s professional career will not be part of the evaluation of his contribution to the university game.

d.) Measurable criteria may include, in order:

1.) All-Canadian nominations.
2.) National Awards.
3.) All-conference nominations.
4.) Conference Awards.
5.) Team achievements.
6.) Individual statistics.

e.) Intangible criteria may include, in no particular order:

1.) Contribution to the profile of Canadian University Football.
2.) Contribution to the profile of his program.
3.) Continuing work done in conjunction with CIS football, or other levels of the amateur game in Canada.

f.) There shall be 12 players selected to the inaugural class of the CFHOF-U.

ii.) Builders

a.) A coach who has made a significant contribution to the university game in Canada.

b.) A university administrator who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian university game in Canada.

c.) An individual outside the structure of a university who has made a significant contribution to a program and/or the Canadian university game.

g.) Measurable criteria may include, in order:

1.) National Awards.
2.) Conference Awards.
3.) Team achievements.
4.) Individual won-loss record.

h.) Intangible criteria may include, in no particular order:

1.) Contribution to the profile of his program.
2.) Contribution to the profile of Canadian University Football.
3.) Continuing work done in conjunction with CIS football, or other levels of the amateur game in Canada.

i.) There shall be two coaches and two builders of any kind selected into the CFHOF-U in the inaugural class.

iii.) Teams

a.) A team from a specific season may be nominated for election into the CFHOF-University on a case-by-case basis.

b.) The team should have:

1.) Won the Vanier Cup.

2.) Won a national championship equivalent when the Vanier Cup was not established, and such an invitational game was available.

3.) Won the Grey Cup.

4.) Won their conference or league championship in an undefeated season, when no national championship game was available.

c.) No teams shall qualify for the CFHOF-U inaugural class.

iv.) Media

a.) One member of the media shall be annually selected for induction in the CFHOF-U by only the UFRC voting members on the selection committee.

b.) Media considered should be in no particular order, a writer, broadcaster, producer, executive or entrepreneur who has contributed in expanding the coverage and awareness of university football in Canada.

c.) Media considered should also have elevated the professionalism of the presentation of the Canadian university game within their discipline.

d.) In the case of in inaugural Hall of Fame class, one member of the media from each of the conferences shall be inducted.

3. Hall of Fame Selection Committee

i.) There shall be a total of four UFRC representatives, all of whom are current UFRC chairpersons representing their conferences.

ii.) The UFRC chairpersons shall select one person at large to contribute and vote in the process. This person should ideally possess a great deal of experience and knowledge of history of the game in his region.

4. Inaugural ballot – Defense

i.) Players: Team of 12 on defense, plus one punter, from a list of 36 candidates.
ii.) Builders: Two coaches and two builders of any kind, from open nominations.
iii.) Teams: no nominations taken.
iv.) Media: One member of the media from each of the conferences, as recommended by the UFRC representatives from their respective conferences.

5. Inaugural ballot – Offense

v.) Players: Team of 12 on offense, plus one place kicker, from a list of 36 candidates.
vi.) Builders: Two coaches and two builders of any kind, from open nominations.
vii.) Teams: no nominations taken.
viii.) Media: Two members of the media as recommended by the UFRC representatives.
ix.) This shall take place on the year following the Defensive Team selection.

6. Annual ballots

i.) Players: a maximum of four, from a ballot of 12. It will take a 75 per cent yes vote to qualify for entry.

ii.) Coach/Builder: A maximum of two inductees from a ballot of eight. It will take a 75 per cent yes vote to qualify.

iii.) Team: One team on a case-by-case basis. A unanimous vote to qualify.

iv.) Media: A maximum of two inductees on a case-by-case basis. It will take a 75 per cent yes vote to qualify.

v.) There is no limit to how many years an individual may qualify for a ballot.

vi.) The ballots shall be determined at a meeting or teleconference in the last week of May.

vii.) The voting shall occur in the last week of August at a meeting or teleconference in the last week of August.

viii.) The presentation of the Hall of Fame class shall occur at the annual CIS Football Awards during Vanier Cup Week, resources permitting.

One Response to “Canadian University Football Hall of Fame”

  1. Pedro Says:

    Make sure that Pedro the Panda–the original stuffed animal, not the bronze trophy, gets a nice comfy spot in the CIS division. I hope that he is still in the possession of the Canadian Football Hall of fame and not lost. He was sent there many years ago when the original bronze trophy replaced the beat up old bear.


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