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Can the Carabins imitate the Alouettes?
Photo Martin Chevalier SHARE Philippe Asselin
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While the Montreal Alouettes won the Gray Cup on Sunday night, the coaches of the Université de Montréal Carabins were hard at work finding faults in the play of the UBC Thunderbirds.
“The coaches, we have our work cut out for us at the moment,” said Marco Iadeluca. We arrived early and left the office late. We still managed to watch small parts of the Gray Cup game.”
The Carabins head coach and his staff are preparing for the 58th Vanier Cup, which will take place next Saturday in Kingston, Ontario. The Blues will try to secure the second Canadian championship in its history.
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The last time the Carabins triumphed, in 2014, Iadeluca was the club's offensive coordinator. Danny Maciocia was the head coach, while Byron Archambault and Pierre-Olivier Breault wore helmets and shoulder pads.
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A victory for “everyone”
The links between the Carabins and the Alouettes do not stop there. Anthony Calvillo (offensive coordinator), Noel Thorpe (defensive coordinator), Pier-Yves Lavergne (director of national scouting), Billy Jean (assistant video coordinator), Zacary Alexis (assistant video coordinator) and David Deschamps (manager of equipment) have all been coaches or players at some point with the Blues.
Footballers Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Louis-Philippe Bourassa, Frédéric Chagnon, Régis Cibasu, Tysen-Otis Copeland and Pier-Olivier Lestage are also products of UdeM.
“I took the time to send them all a congratulatory text message, Iadeluca said. It’s really cool to see them win. In this team, there are many former Carabins and Quebecers. This is further proof that football is doing well in Quebec. A victory for the Alouettes is good for everyone!”
A first in 43 years?
If the Carabins win against the Thunderbirds, it would be the first time that the Vanier and Gray Cups have been won by two teams from the same city since 1980.
It was Edmonton who had this honor the last time, courtesy of the Eskimos and the Golden Bears of the University of Alberta.
«The victory of the Alouettes , it does not change our level of motivation, underlined Iadeluca. We've been preparing, working and sweating for a year to be ready for this moment. However, seeing alumni and the local team win, it gives you even more of a desire and thirst to win a championship.”
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