New Westminster Hyacks' coach and B.C. high school football caretaker Farhan Lalji joins the Varsity Letters' podcast. (Photo by Alan Wardle property of NWSS athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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VL Podcast 12.03.20: TSN’s Farhan Lalji on Subway Bowl, the Seahawks, Claypool and a coaching life well-mentored!

This week, the Varsity Letters welcomes an enduring friend of the podcast!

TSN’s Farhan Lalji, a 31-year high school football coach in the province of B.C. stops by to chat with host Howard Tsumura about a whole host of topics.


This coming Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium would have been the 2020 Subway Bowl provincial championship finals, so we chat about everything in and around the high school and university football scene, and how COVID-19 has cut a swath straight through its heart.

In an episode taped just as Wednesday’s Pittsburgh-Baltimore game was set to kick off, Lalji and Tsumura also talk about the silver lining in a tough season: The emergence of Abbotsford Panthers grad Chase Claypool over his rookie season with the Steelers.

The pair also examine the re-emergence of the ‘big’ receiver in the NFL through a discussion of the impact both Claypool and Seattle’s DK Metcalf are having despite being drafted outside of the opening round the past two drafts.

Lalji also reflects on his time at Simon Fraser University in the early 1990s when he served as the school’s sports information director. He also talks about three special mentors in Alex Reid, Allison McNeill and Wally Buono.

New Westminster head coach Farhan Lalji with quarterback Kinsale Philip. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2020. All Rights Reserved)

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