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Ottawa Gee-Gees

The Ottawa Gee-Gees are an athletic team that represents the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario in all of their sporting events. The term Gee-Gee is taken from horse racing where a Gee-Gee is the first horse out of the starting gate. The name GGs also describes the university colours, garnet and grey.

The Gee-Gees most successful team is the women's soccer team- provincial and national contenders every year.

The Gee-Gees are best known in Canadian Interuniversity Sport for a perennially strong football team, winning the national championship, the Vanier Cup, in 1975 and 2000 and appearing in the championship game in 1970, 1980, and 1997.

Football

1975 Vanier Cup Champions

The undefeated 1975 National Championship team (11-0) is considered by many to be the best ever in Canadian college history. 32 years later the 1975 team still holds several CIS and OUAA team and individual records. Players from the 1975 team were selected to the CIS All-Canadian team 13 times during their college careers . During their CIS careers players from the 1975 team were selected as OUAA All-Stars 42 times. 21 players from the 1975 Vanier Cup Championship team were selected in the Canadian Football League (CFL) draft including 9 players in the first round or higher including 6 CFL Territorial Protections (from 1973 through 1982 each CFL team was allowed to pick and protect 2 players from their region before the 1rst round began). During their careers as professionals, players from 1975 Vanier Cup Championship team appeared in 23 Grey Cup games and went on to collect a total of 12 Grey Cup Rings. Collectively they played in the CFL for 96 years.

The 1975 Gee Gees team had not only 1 great running back. They had 3 All-Canadian running backs including Neil Lumsden (All Canadian-1975), Billy Harrison (All-Canadian-1975) Mike Murphy (All Canadian-1976). All 3 were 1rst round picks in the CFL draft. Lumsden and Murphy both went on to be the CFL Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year (1976-77). Neil Lumsden was voted the Grey Cup’s Canadian MVP in 1981. No one in the history of the CIS has scored more career points than Lumsden (410). Since 1975 no one in CIS history has scored more points in a single season than did Neil Lumsden (148). Only 1 Player has come close. That player was his running mate, Mike Murphy (144). In terms of team offence, it took 28 years for another team (2003 Mc Master) to score more touchdowns in an 8 game season than the 1975 Gee Gees team scored in 7 games (43). In addition to the 3 All-Canadian running backs the 1975 Gee Gees, the 1975 Gee Gee passing game was led by OUAA All-Star QB Jim Colton, a native of Buffalo, NY. The 1975 Gee Gees wide receivers were Rocky DiPietro and Jeff Avery. They too would be CFL 1rst round picks. Rocky DiPietro retired after 14 years in the CFL as the league’s all-time leading pass receiver. He was awarded the CFL Outstanding Canadian in 1982 and again in 1989. Avery went on to play for 6 years in the CFL with the Ottawa Rough Riders and would become a CFL Eastern Division All-Star and Grey Cup Champion.

No player in the history of the CFL (kickers excluded) has had a longer career than did Miles Gorrell. Miles played for 19 years. He was a 5 time CFL Eastern Division All-Star, 2 Time CFL Outstanding Lineman finalist. Few players in CFL history own more Grey Cup rings (5) than does former Edmonton Eskimo captain Eric Upton. Upton played in the CFL for 10 years. In addition too Upton there would be other Grey Cup Champions drafted from that 1975 Gee Gees team. Neil Lumsden (3 time Grey Cup Champion), Miles Gorrell, Jeff Avery, Doug Falconer, and Rocky DePietro would all go on to be Grey Cup Champions. Together, their names have all been inscribed on the Grey Cup. Collectively, those players from the 1975 Gee Gees championship team appeared in 23 Grey Cups and together they own 12 Grey Cup rings. Collectively they played in the CFL for 96 years.

The 1975 Gee Gees Head Coach was Don Gilbert, former CFL great. Don was awarded the Frank Tindell Award as the top collegiate coach in Canada in that 1975 championship year. Don was inducted into the City of Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 along with Buffalo Saber great Dominik Hasek and the Buffalo Bills great Thurman Thomas. The U of Ottawa Athletic Director in 1975 was Bob O Billovich. In 1976 Bob became an assistant coach with the Ottawa Rough Riders, helping Ottawa to win their last Grey Cup. In 1982, he was named Head Coach of the Toronto Argonauts and went on to compile a record of 78-55-3, giving him the most wins in team history. He coached the Argos to a Grey Cup championship in 1983. Bob was named the CFL's Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1987. O'Billovich has been Director of Player Personnel with the 2006 Grey Champion B.C. Lions since 2003.

1975 Gee Gees CIS Career Awards

13 All-Canadian Selections during their CIS careers

42 OUAA All-Star Selections during their CIS careers

1 Hec Creighton Finalist (CIS Outstanding Player)

2 J.P. Metras Trophy Finalists (CIS Outstanding Lineman)

1 Frank Tindall Trophy (CIS Coach of the Year)

1 Ted Morris Trophy (MVP Vanier Cup)

1975 Gee Gees Selected in the CFL Draft

9 1st Round Picks *

1 2nd Round Pick

5 4th Round Picks

4 6th Round Picks

1 7th Round pick

1 8th Round Pick

  • includes CFL Territorial Protections; from 1973 through 1982 each CFL team was allowed to select and protect 2 players from their region before the 1rst round began.

In addition to the 21 Canadian players from the 1975 team selcected in the CFL draft, 7 American starters from the 1975 team (all of them selected to the All-Canadian team or All-Conference team during their CIS careers) were not eligible for the CFL Draft. They all received NFL try outs with 2 of them making NFL rosters.

The 1975 University of Ottawa Gee Gees CFL Careers

Eric Upton - Guard - 10 Years CFL Edmonton Eskimos-3 time Western All-Star, 6 Grey Cup Appearances, 5 time Grey Cup Champion

Rocky DiPietro- Slotback - 14 Years CFL Hamilton Ti-Cats, CFL All-Time Pass Reception Leader, CFL Hall of Fame Inductee, 2 time CFL Outstanding Canadian, 3 time Lew Hayman Trophy Outstanding Canadian Eastern Division, 5 time Eastern All-Star, 4 Grey Cup Appearances, 1986 Grey Cup Champion Neil Lumsden - Fullback/Kicker - 10 Years CFL Toronto Argonauts/Hamilton Ti-Cats/Edmonton Eskimos, Winner 1976 Frank M Gibson Trophy CFL Outstanding Rookie Eastern Division, 2 Time Eastern Division All-Star, 1981 Grey Cup Canadian MVP, 3 time Grey Cup Champion Miles Gorrell - Offensive Tackle - 19 Years CFL Calgary Stampeders/Hamilton Ti-Cats/Montreal Alouettes/Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 5 time Eastern Division All-Star, 2 time Winner Leo Dandurand Trophy CFL Outstanding Lineman Eastern Division, 5 Grey Cup Appearances, 1 time Grey Cup Champion Jeff Avery - Wide Receiver- 6 Years CFL Ottawa Rough Riders, 1 time Eastern Division All-Star, 2 Grey Cup Appearances, 1976 Grey Cup Champion Al Moffat - Defensive Tackle - 6 Years CFL Hamilton Ti-Cats, 1 time Eastern Division All-Star, 1 Grey Cup Appearance Mike Murphy - Fullback - 6 Years CFL, Winner 1977 Frank M Gibson Trophy CFL Outstanding Rookie Eastern Division, 1 Grey Cup Appearance

Doug Falconer - Defensive Back - 4 Years CFL Ottawa Rough Riders/Calgary Stampeders, 1976 Grey Cup Champion Tim Berryman - Linebacker - 7 Years CFL Edmonton Eskimos/Ottawa Rough Riders, 1 Grey Cup Appearance Bill Harrison - Halfback - 5 Years CFL Hamilton Ti-Cats/Toronto Argonauts Ian Mac Phearson - Defensive Tackle - 3 Years CFL Hamilton Ti-Cats

CFL Awards Presented to Players from the 1975 Gee Gees Team

1 CFL Hall of Fame Inductee

1 Grey Cup MVP Canadian

2 CFL Frank M Gibson Trophies for Outstanding Rookie Eastern Division

2 CFL Leo Dandurand Trophy Outstanding Lineman Eastern Division

3 CFL All-Stars

17 CFL Divisional All-Star Selections

23 Grey Cup Appearances

12 Grey Cup Rings

The football Gee-Gees practise on campus but play their home games at Frank Clair Stadium at Lansdowne Park. The University of Ottawa's current head football coach is Denis Piche. Denis was recented awarded the 2006 Frank Tindall Trophy as CIS football coach of the year in Canada.

Gee-Gees Basketball

The Gee-Gees men's basketball team has been ranked in the CIS Top Ten for most of the 2005-2006 season, sitting 2nd as of January 24, 2006. On January 18, 2006, the Gee Gees recorded their first win against the Carleton Ravens, their cross-town rivals. Previous to their 62-61 win, the Gee Gees had dropped 18 straight games against the Ravens, dating back to 1999. The win also snapped the Ravens 56-game winning streak at home. The Gee-Gees currently sit at 16-1, and are in first place in the OUA East division. The Gee-Gees finished 6th at the 2005 CIS National Basketball Tournament in Halifax.

The Gee-Gees men's competitive club baseball team, who plays in the CIBA (Canadian Interuniversity Baseball Association), are hosting the national championships of 2006. They also lost in the semi-finals of the 2005 national CIBA championships held in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Home games are played at Montpetit Hall.

Gee-Gees Soccer

The women's soccer team is very strong, National Champions in 1996, Silver medallists in 2005, 2003, 2000, 1997 and Bronze medallists in 2001, and 2006. The women's soccer team is regarded as one of the best programs in the country.

Gee-Gees Volleyball

With a dominant 3-0 win in the OUA Final vs McMaster, this year's edition of the Gee-Gees Volleyball Team secured the 4th conference championship in the program's history and its 5th trip to the CIS National Championship Tournament.

In the end, the Gee-Gees claimed 6th place in Canada and set themselves up for a great summer of preparation for another run in 07-08 with 5 of 6 starters returning for another season!

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