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After 33 years as head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team, Brian Towriss is stepping down.
Affectionately known as BT, Towriss, made the announcement Monday afternoon after four decades with the Huskie Athletics football program. Towriss took over the Huskie program in 1984 after serving as an assistant coach to Val Schneider since 1980. He spent four seasons as a defensive lineman for the Huskies from 1974-77 and was named a conference all-star in 1974.
Towriss, 60, holds the national record in wins by a football coach at 196 and has coached the most games in University sport with 315.
“I want to thank all of those that have supported me throughout my career at the University of Saskatchewan and all of the fans in Huskie Nation,” said Towriss. “I have had a fulfilling and wonderful career here. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my wife, Vicki, and my two wonderful children, Kellie and Jake. I have also had the pleasure of working with a loyal group of coaches and support staff that have shared my vision and passion for the program for a longtime. I am proud to say that we won a lot of football games and we did it with honesty, respect and hard work. I wish the program continued success and a return to national prominence.”
The Moose Jaw native has led Saskatchewan to three Vanier Cup titles, 11 Hardy Cup titles and nine Vanier Cup appearances. He is a nine-time Canada West coach of the year and one-time national coach of the year. In his tenure, 154 Huskies have been named conference all-stars, 71 All-Canadians and 160 to a Huskie or national all-academic team. He has coached 47 players who went on to play in the CFL.
He joined an elite group in 2007 when he was handed Saskatchewan’s highest honour by the Government of Saskatchewan, the Order of Merit.
“BT has had a long distinguished career as a coach, but moreover as a well-respected leader in sport across the Canada West and U Sports,” said athletic director and long-time friend Basil Hughton. “He has impacted many young athletes, coaches and staff throughout his years of service as their mentor and friend. BT has devoted countless hours to the University of Saskatchewan as an ambassador promoting our University to not only prospective athletes but to many other audiences across Canada.
Five University of Saskatchewan Huskie football players were named Canada West all-stars on Thursday. You can hear Head Coach Brian Towriss’ thoughts on his All-Stars at the bottom of the page.
Kicker Sean Stenger, running back Tyler Chow, receiver Mitch Hillis, defensive lineman Donovan Dale and offensive tackle Evan Johnson were all honoured for their performance in the 2016 season.
Stenger, a unanimous selection at both punter and place kicker, enjoyed a record-breaking season. The third-year Engineering student set a Huskie single season benchmark with 22 field goals in eight games. Scoring 92 points, he added 2,372 yards on 63 punts. He was twice named Canada West and U Sports Special Teams Player of the Week for hitting six field goals in a game.
Chow, a third-year running back from Calgary, averaged 103 yards per game. He recorded seven touchdowns on 127 carries for 828 yards in the season.
A fourth-year Engineering student from Regina, Johnson, played in all eight games for the Huskies on the offensive line and helped the offence to average 32.6 points per game and 434 yards per game.
Only playing in six games in 2016 due to injury, Hillis tallied 423 yards on 35 catches. The fourth-year Engineering student and all-star and all-canadian from one year ago scored three touchdowns.
The lone all-star on defence, Dale, a Graduate Students student, recorded 24 tackles, three sacks and one interceptions in his final year of eligibility. The 2016 all-star selection (two with UBC Thunderbirds) was Dale’s fourth of his career.
The Huskies travel to Calgary to meet the Dinos in a Hardy Cup semifinal Saturday at 12 p.m.
2016 Canada West Football All-Stars
As part of the Huskies Countdown To Kick-off this season on CJWW we will feature one Huskie athlete in a 2 minute drill of rapid fire questions.
In week one we spoke with Huskies Sophomore Linebacker Ben Whiting. Whiting’s off-season included a trip to China where he would win a gold medal in the World Under 19 Championship. He spoke of the experience as well as what consumed his time so much that he couldn’t get “into” Pokemon Go!
That and more in two frantic two minutes.
To hear all about it
Well you know what they say a Dogs Bark is worse than its’ bite.
However, that’s not the case when it comes to toontownsports.net.
Throughout the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football season CJWW analyst and former Huskie defenisve back, Barclay Schlosser, and I will take you inside the Huskies huddle for insight, observation and of course analysis from what is happening on the field and inside the Huskie huddle.
The first edition features a complete recap of the Dogs’ spring camp.
Check it out for yourself
PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock
The 14th Head Coach in Saskatoon Hilltop history will return to the sidelines for an 18th season.
The reigning Canadian Bowl Champions, confirmed that Tom Sargeant will return to the sidelines in 2015. Hilltop President Jeff Gould made the announcement to the media at the team’s clubhouse on Monday afternoon.
Sargent was named the Prairie Football Conference’s Coach of the year in 2014 and then went on to cap off the season with his 10th national championship (8 as a coach and 2 as a player) with the Hilltops.
The Canadian Football Hall of Fame invites you to live a fan’s dream weekend with access to some of Canada’s biggest football icons including three-time Most Popular Roughrider, Don Narcisse, Class of 2010, and three-time Offensive MVP, Damon Allen, Class of 2012.
Whether you’re already going to the game, or looking to go the whole nine yards, there’s an ultimate Grey Cup weekend ahead.
I had a chance to speak with Don Narcisse about his Hall of Fame Career and the events of next weekend.
You can hear the entire conversation here:
This week on the View From the Sidelines, Dave Thomas, Mike McCullough and Michael Ball will break down this weekends CFL Division Finals. Additionally, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders eliminated from the post-season the gang will take a look back at the season that was in Riderville. They’ll also take a look at what fans can expected headed into 2015.
Joining the boys this week is Hall of Famer Don Narcisse, one of the greatest players to ever wear Green and White will provide his analysis of the Rider offence and tell you about an exclusive chance to join him at the Grey Cup.
And former Rider player/General Manager and Commissioner of the Canadian Football League Bill Baker will talk about a personal connection that he has with the town of Delisle.
You can catch it all here on the View From The Sidelines.
Dave Thomas, Mike McCullough and Michael Ball are back to get you set for CFL Play-off action.
The quest for the Grey Cup begins in Montreal with the Alouettes taking on the BC Lions. Then it’s the Saskatchewan Roughriders heading to Edmonton to take on the Eskimos.
The boys will take you inside the dressing rooms to get you set. As well, find out the latest on the Rider roster as they reveal their starters for Sunday’s game.
Also joining the crew will be former Rider and Eskimo Craig Ellis AND you will hear from Winnipeg Blue Bomber Head Coach Mike O’Shea.
Plus did all of Eastern Canada miss the boat? Find out on Tuned-In and Tuned-Out… All this week on the View From the Sidelines.
Saskatoon Hilltops Running Back Wayndel Lewis was one of the Canadian Junior Football League’s major award winners on Friday night in Langley, B.C.
The Warman native was named the Outstanding offensive player of the year at the CJFL’s annual banquet of champions.
Unfortunately, due to injury Lewis will miss the Canadian Bowl on Saturday with the Rams.
I had a chance to catch up with Lewis shortly after picking up the award:
This week on the View From The Sidelines, Dave Thomas, Michael Ball and Mike McCullough will preview the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos regular season finale.
Also up for discussion what the Riders Should Do with Darian Durant and the player of the year nominees.
As well, Head Coach Tom Sargent of the Saskatoon Hilltops will join the crew and discuss his teams preparations for the 107th Canadian Bowl Championship.
And be sure to tune in for CFL Legend Danny McManus.
It’s all here on the View From the Sidelines.