. Three years later, the school didnt see enough reward. The Basketball Hall of Fame player was fired Friday by FIU, after his teams went 26-65 in his three seasons. Tony Romo JerseyHAMILTON, Ont. Justin Smith Jersey . -- Ernie Els arrived at the RBC Canadian Open with one trophy already in tow. Hes hoping to leave with another. Despite a whirlwind couple days that followed his victory at the British Open, Els expressed confidence that hes still got enough left in the tank to be competitive at the third oldest championship in golf. "I feel very fresh," he said Wednesday afternoon. Els only managed to get in five practice holes at Hamilton Golf and Country Club this week, but thinks his stellar play from Royal Lytham & St. Annes should carry over. The celebration following his fourth major championship was decidedly more low-key than the ones that came before it. After pulling out a one-shot victory over Adam Scott on Sunday, he returned home to London for a small party with family and friends, and followed that up with a lazy Monday. He travelled to Hamilton on Tuesday morning, getting in a quick practice session before a helicopter arrived to whisk him to downtown Toronto for a "Right To Play" dinner. On Wednesday, Els played a round with RBC CEO Gord Nixon at his home course. The itinerary left virtually no time for preparation at the charming, tree-lined Hamilton layout that is hosting the Canadian Open for a fifth time. "I dont know if its such a big disadvantage because a lot of times when you dont play a course, you dont know where the trouble is," Els said with a chuckle. "So maybe thats a good thing. You get your yardage, you hit it to your spots." As an added bonus, the South African brought the Claret Jug along for the ride and proudly displayed it during his interview session with reporters Wednesday. His presence added some buzz to an event that remains in a tough spot on the PGA Tours calendar and was only able to lure six of the top-30 players in the world golf rankings. Besides Els, the biggest names in the field are Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk -- and its no coincidence that all four men have sponsorship agreements with RBC. However, Furyk was also drawn back by the traditional H.S. Colt-designed course where he won the first of his two Canadian Open titles in 2006. The 6,966-yard, par-70 layout suits his eye and reminds him of the traditional courses he grew up playing in Northeast Pennsylvania. "If I like the golf course, Im going to play," said Furyk. "I dont care who is showing up or what the purse is." Narrow fairways guarded by thick rough require players to find the fairway from the tee. However, there are only a handful of holes that demand they pull out a driver because the course has been lengthened by less than 500 yards since first contesting the Canadian Open in 1919. However, it still poses a unique test that seems to be appreciated by virtually everyone in the field. Along with Vancouvers Shaughnessy Golf and Country -- where Sean OHair won last year -- Hamilton is the most popular of the Canadian stops. "Its just a good, solid, old-school golf course and we dont get to play places like this I dont think very much," said OHair. "Its fun to come to venues like this." Furyk won here in 2006 with a score of 14-under 266. He believes some rain earlier in the week has left the course more vulnerable to lower scores than it was six years ago, but that wont change his gameplan. "Even a guy like me whos not all that long, Im not going to hit a lot of drivers," said Furyk. "Its about working the golf ball and putting it in certain spots on the fairway. The greens are very severe, usually from back to front. "(Youve) got to keep the ball under the pin to be able to score." The field features a heavy dose of Canadian content with 23 homegrown players and highlights the changing nature of the sport in this country. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., and Calgarys Stephen Ames will attract their usual amount of attention, but with both veterans struggling the focus will also be on Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., among others. Els will also be in the spotlight as he looks to become just the sixth man in history to capture a U.S. Open, British Open and Canadian Open title during his career. He caused a bit of a stir after his victory in England last weekend when he said he wanted to "blow off" a commitment in Canada. After arriving in Hamilton, the 42-year-old clarified that he was only referring to a sponsors event that had been scheduled for Monday. 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The Hockey City Classic will be the first outdoor game in the modern era for three of the schools -- Miami, Minnesota and Notre Dame.The airspace over Canadian snow will be the scene of a traffic jam in the lead up to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. But buried in the lists of World Cup and development teams for aerials and moguls skiing which were unveiled this week by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association there the demotion of an Olympic medal-winner. Deidra Dionne, 27, of Red Deer, Alta., won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City as a teenager and bronze at the 2001 and 2004 world championships. That was before a 2005 training accident in Australia caused a near-catastrophic neck injury. Following surgery in which a bone graft from her hip and a titanium plate were used to fuse two neck vertebrae, Dionne rehabilitated and was able to participate in the Turin Olympics. She didnt reach the final, but getting back the Olympic forum was a measure of success in itself. Realistically, however, Dionne seldom has been a medal threat after the 2005 accident, and that doesnt fit with the Canadian Olympic Committees target of finishing first in the medal standings at the 2010 Vancouver Games. She is on the upswing, having won a silver medal at thee last World Cup event of 2007-08 season in Moscow and plans a summer of training on a water ramp to get ready for early-season World Cups in China. Jason Witten Elite Jersey. Demotion - and the reduced financial support that does with it - "sucks" Dionne told a reporter, but she can deal with it as long as theres still a legitimate chance to get to the Olympic hill at Cypress Mountain. The door is open a crack. Fifteen freestyle places remain available for Vancouver after three freestyle athletes - Jenn Heil in moguls, Ashleigh McIvor in ski cross, and Steve Omischl in aerials - gained early selection to the squad. The rest, based on an athletes top four World Cup finishes from the 2008-9 and 2009-10 seasons, will be announced January 25, only 19 days before Olympic competition starts. Canadian freestylers are allowed to use two results from the past season and there are 13 more freestyle World Cups on the schedule before the Olympic selection deadline. World Cup team athletes have dedicated spots at those 13 events. Development team athletes must earn any remaining Canadian taxi spots to World Cup events. ' ' '