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Atlantic University Sport stands by game cancellation as teams prepare for Loney Bowl kickoff

'We still don't have any answers around the eligibility question,' said executive director Phil Currie, who plans on going to the game
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After a judge's decision over the weekend, the Saint Mary's Huskies are in Wolfville Tuesday to play against the Acadia Axeman in the Loney Bowl.

The championship football game got caught up in court battle after Atlantic University Sport called it off last Thursday over concerns about a player's eligibility.

Archelaus Jack, a SMU wide receiver, was listed on the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice squad until October 2016. 

U Sports rules state a player can return to their university team if the player isn't listed on the CFL roster after August 15th, if that's not the case, they have to wait one year before being eligible to play. Jack is said to have played in 5 games before 365 days passed.

Phil Currie, executive director for AUS told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show, he respects the court's decision and will be at the game, but he stands behind his organization's choice to cancel it.

"We still don't have any answers around the eligibility question, it's still outstanding," he said.

"If the tribunal was able to do the work that they're supposed to do on behalf of members nationally around eligibility, that question may be answered," he explained. "Unless that's allowed to happen, and it's not an the moment because of court orders in Ontario, we may never know what the answer to the question is."

Currie confirms if Saint Mary's wins, they will advance to the Uteck Bowl and admits there won't be much time for the victor to prepare.

"Football is a pretty physical game and there's legitimate concerns in terms of recovery time for student athletes preparing for what will be a very tough game," he said. "Western is a very good team and it takes time to prepare for teams like that."

The Uteck Bowl will be played Saturday.

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