University of Calgary

Dinos lineman’s big decision

UToday HomeMay 30, 2012

Dinos offensive lineman Kirby Fabien was drafted in the first round of the CFL draft but is completing his education before joining the B.C. Lions. Photo by David MollDinos offensive lineman Kirby Fabien was drafted in the first round of the CFL draft but is completing his education before joining the B.C. Lions. Photo by David MollDeciding to put his professional football career on hold, Dinos lineman Kirby Fabien has elected to return to the university in the fall of 2012 to complete his degree.

Fabien, a two-time CIS All-Canadian at right tackle, was drafted by the B.C. Lions, seventh overall in the first round of the CFL Canadian Draft on May 3. His agent informed the Lions last week of his decision to return to school, and Fabien confirmed to Dinos head coach Blake Nill he would return to the team this fall.

“I have determined that it is in my best interest to return to the University of Calgary for the 2012-13 year to allow me to complete my degree in economics,” says the 21-year-old Fabien. “I appreciate being drafted by the Lions and look forward to the opportunity to play in B.C. in the future.”

The Dinos are the four-time defending Canada West champions and will aim to become the first school in conference history to record five consecutive titles when they hit the field this fall. Season tickets are available with Calgary Stampeders season tickets by visiting Stampeders.com or calling (403) 289-0258.

The 2012 Canada West season opens Saturday, Sept. 1 when the Dinos host the Regina Rams at McMahon Stadium.