|Head coach||Shawn Olson|
|3rd year, 4–20–0 (.167)|
|Other staff||Jerry Friesen (DC)|
|Home stadium||Thunderbird Stadium|
|Field||David Sidoo Field|
|Stadium surface||Polytan LigaTurf|
|Location||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Conference||CWUAA (1972 - present)|
|Past associations||Western Intercollegiate Football League, Western Intercollegiate Football Union, Evergreen Football League|
|Vanier Cups|| 3|
1982, 1986, 1997
|Churchill Bowl Championships|| 3|
1978, 1986, 1987
|Atlantic Bowl Championships|| 2|
|Hardy Cups|| 15|
1929, 1931, 1933, 1938,
1939, 1945, 1959, 1961,
1962, 1976, 1978, 1982,
1986, 1987, 1997
|Hec Crighton winners|| 3|
Jordan Gagner, Mark Nohra, Billy Greene
|Colours|| Blue and Gold
|Fight song||Hail U.B.C.|
The UBC Thunderbirds are the athletic teams that represent the University of British Columbia in the University Endowment Lands just outside the city limits of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Thunderbirds are the most successful athletic program in the CIS, though a few of their teams are members of the U.S. NAIA.
The UBC Thunderbirds football team has won the Hardy Trophy conference championship 15 times, which is third all-time among competing teams. On a national level, the team has won the Vanier Cup championship three times, in 1982, 1986 and, most recently, in 1997. The team has also lost twice in the title game, in 1978 and 1987. The Thunderbirds program has also yielded three Hec Crighton Trophy winners, Jordan Gagner in 1987, Mark Nohra in 1997, and, most recently, Billy Greene in 2011.
In recent years, the program has seen little success. Since 2007, the Thunderbirds have qualified for the playoffs just once and last had a winning record in the 2004 season. The team's best campaign came in 2011 when they finished with a 6-2 record and in second place in the CWUAA with an appearance in the Hardy Cup. Quarterback Billy Greene would also become the third Thunderbird to win the Hec Crighton trophy that year. However, all team accolades would be for naught as an ineligible student-athlete, who played in all eight games, would force UBC to forfeit all six regular season wins as well as its post-season results from that year. The school was fined and the program was placed on probation for the following season. This seemed to halt any progress that was made as the team finished 2-6 for the 2012 season and out of the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.
The team has a long-standing rivalry with the cross-town Simon Fraser Clan which has been dormant since SFU left for the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. While the two teams did not play within the same governing bodies until 2002 (SFU played in the NAIA while UBC has always competed in the CIS), they would compete in an annual match-up known as the Shrum Bowl, named after Gordon Shrum. After SFU moved to NCAA II, it seemed as though the game would stop, however, the two teams would indeed play in October 2010 at Thunderbird Stadium using Canadian rules. The game has not been played since then, as scheduling conflicts have prevented the two teams from playing.
The most identifiable rivalry within the conference is with the Saskatchewan Huskies who they have met in their last four playoff games including a win at Thunderbird Stadium in 2011.
Recent Regular Season ResultsEdit
|Season||Games||Won||Lost||OT Loss||Pct %||PF||PA||Standing|
|2000||8||3||5||0||0.375||206||231||4th in CW|
|2001||8||2||6||0||0.250||132||233||5th in CW|
|2002||8||3||5||0||0.250||144||141||5th in CW|
|2003||8||0||8||0||0.000||132||260||7th in CW|
|2004||8||5||3||0||0.625||235||212||3rd in CW|
|2005||8||4||4||0||0.500||210||200||4th in CW|
|2006||8||4||4||0||0.500||287||209||3rd in CW|
|2007||8||3||5||0||0.375||167||198||5th in CW|
|2008||8||2||6||0||0.250||117||160||6th in CW|
|2009||8||3||5||0||0.375||110||263||5th in CW|
|2010||8||2||6||0||0.250||164||255||6th in CW|
|2011[A]||8||0||8||0||0.000||58||72||2nd in CW|
|2012||8||2||6||0||0.250||193||297||5th in CW|
CIS Playoff ResultsEdit
- 2000 Lost to Manitoba Bisons in semi-final 14-4
- 2001 Out of Playoffs
- 2002 Out of Playoffs
- 2003 Out of Playoffs
- 2004 Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 39-0
- 2005 Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 32-6
- 2006 Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 35-16
- 2007 Out of Playoffs
- 2008 Out of Playoffs
- 2009 Out of Playoffs
- 2010 Out of Playoffs
- 2011 Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 27-22
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 62-13
- 2012 Out of Playoffs
Thunderbirds in the CFLEdit
As of the start of the 2012 CFL season, four former Thunderbirds are on CFL teams' rosters:
- Shea Emry, Montreal Alouettes
- Cody Husband, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Nathan Kanya, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Lance Milton, Montreal Alouettes
CIS and NAIA National ChampionshipsEdit
Canadian Interuniversity Sport ChampionshipsEdit
- 1997, 1986, 1982
See also Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
- Thunderbird Stadium (Football and Soccer)
UBC used to have a fight song "Hail UBC", written by Harold King in 1931.
A pep song with the same name "Hail UBC", written by Steve Chatman, was adopted in 2011. The lyrics go:
Hail to the Thunderbirds! Hail UBC!
Thunder and lightning — Onward to victory!
Hail to the Blue-and-Gold! Hail UBC!
U, B, C forever — Onward to victory!
NCAA membership bidEdit
In 2005, they applied to become members of the principal U.S. college sports governing body, the NCAA. They are not the first Canadian school to try to join the NCAA; in 2000, local rival Simon Fraser, then exclusively an NAIA member, sought to join the NCAA but was turned down. At the time, the NCAA's constitution prohibited non-U.S. schools from joining; however, some observers believed the real reason Simon Fraser was turned down was that the school sought to join as a Division II school, and the NCAA did not want to set a precedent with a lower-level school. UBC, on the other hand, was reportedly interested in joining Division I. UBC's athletic budget of approximately $4 million Canadian is dwarfed by those of schools in the Pacific-10 Conference, the only BCS conference on the U.S. West Coast. However, at least two mid-major conferences with a West Coast presence, the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference, had been suggested as possible future homes for the Thunderbirds.
The NCAA approved a change to its constitution on January 14, 2008 to allow Canadian schools to become members. Under a 10-year pilot program due to begin June 1, 2008, Canadian schools can join the NCAA as Division II members, and any school that meets the June 1 deadline for application can become a member as of the academic year immediately following the deadline. CIS has not officially indicated whether a school joining the NCAA under this program can retain its CIS membership. It was expected that both UBC and Simon Fraser would be among the first schools to apply for NCAA membership under this program. Simon Fraser did apply and was accepted, but in April 2009 UBC deferred a decision on applying.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Canada West sanctions UBC for eligibility violation". 2011-12-20. http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/fball/2011-12/releases/20111220-cw. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- ↑ Ewen, Steve (2005-11-08). "UBC expects visit by NCAA". The Province. http://www.canada.com/vancouver/theprovince/news/sports/story.html?id=4bcb77e5-b379-4e18-8a33-578138b9eba7. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- ↑ Press release, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (2008-01-15). "CIS responds to NCAA membership openings". TSN. Archived from the original on 2008-01-19. http://web.archive.org/web/20080119121401/http://www.tsn.ca/cis/news_story/?ID=227369&hubname=. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- ↑ "No Canadian schools apply for Division II membership". NCAA. 03-06-2008. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. http://web.archive.org/web/20080609004409/http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=22786. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
- ↑ "UBC defers decision on application to join NCAA Division II". UBC. http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/media/releases/2009/mr-09-043.html. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
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