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New Voice Coming – Huskies Introduce Recruits

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The 17th Annual Dogs breakfast was held yesterday in front of almost 1500 supporters at Prairieland Park.

With a classy salute to outgoing Head Coach Brian Towriss, new bench boss Scott Flory introduced his coaching staff and then his 2017 recruiting class.

In addition to those introductions, CJWW made one of our own:

In 2017 we are proud to welcome a new analytical voice to our coverage…

This four year Huskie was a 1st team all-Canadian in his second season with the Green and White.

Through his career he hauled in 136 passes for 1804 yards and 12 touchdowns. CJWW is proud to welcome Huskie Alumnist Kit Hillis to our broadcast team, joining yours truly.

Now for the recruits:

University of Saskatchewan Huskie football head coach Scott Flory announced his first recruiting class Thursday at the 17th annual Dogs’ Breakfast.

Huskies Round Out Coaching Staff Naming D Coaches

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University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his defensive coaching staff for the 2017 season Wednesday highlighted by coordinator and former teammate Warren Muzika.

A graduate of the College of Education, Muzika played for the Huskies from 1994-98 before spending five seasons in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winning the 1999 Grey Cup with the Tiger-Cats. He won the Vanier Cup with the Huskies in both 1996 and 1998.

“Warren is an amazing addition to our staff,” said Flory.  “His competitive desire coupled with his high energy demeanour and passion will transcend our defence.  Warren is as tough as they come and will bring a hard-nosed and aggressive edge to our defence.”

As a Huskie, Muzika was named an All-Canadian three times and was a conference all-star four times. Leading the Canada West in tackles in both 1997 and 1998, Muzika was named the conference’s defensive player of the year in both seasons and won the national award in 1998. He also won the Bruce Coulter Award as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the 1996 Vanier Cup.

Muzika also played junior football with the Saskatoon Hilltops winning the Canadian Bowl in 1991 and was named the CJFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.

Rounding out the defensive coaching staff is Paul Woldu (defensive backs), Cody Halseth (defensive backs), Tye Mountney (linebackers) and Tony Michalchuk (defensive line).

“This is an energetic group who collectively bring experiences from all levels of football,” said Flory.  “They have won and know what it takes to win championships.  No matter the level, champions know how to win.  I can’t wait to watch our defence compete on the field in 2017!”

Huskies’ 2017 Spring Camp kicks off Thursday with the 17th annual Dogs’ Breakfast featuring guest speaker Henry Burris.

 

Defensive Staff

Warren Muzika – defensive coordinator

Paul Woldu – defensive backs

Cody Halseth – defensive backs

Tye Mountney – linebackers

Tony Michalchuk – defensive line

 

Full Defensive Coach Biographies

Warren Muzika – Defensive Coordinator
Two-time Vanier Cup champion and 1998 President’s Trophy winner Warren Muzika returns to the Huskies as defensive coordinator.

Huskies Introduce New-Old Special Teams Face

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University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his special teams staff for the 2017 season Tuesday morning highlighted by veteran coach Jerry Friesen.

A member of the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame, Friesen joins the Huskies with 25 years coaching experience in both U SPORTS and the Canadian Football League.
“Jerry coming back to Saskatoon is a huge win for the city, our program and our athletes,” said Flory.  “His experience and knowledge is second to none.  With Jerry having been a head coach, he will be a great resource for me as a new head coach.  I am thrilled he’s decided to rejoin the Huskie family!”

Friesen joined the Huskies’ coaching staff in 1986, staying for 10 seasons and winning the 1990 Vanier Cup. After a year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL as linebacker coach, Friesen joined the Calgary Dinos as defensive coordinator. He spent the next 10 seasons as head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears and was named national coach of the year in 2004.

As a player, Friesen spent five seasons with the Huskies before being drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in 1978. He played nine seasons in the CFL with the Alouettes and Roughriders.  As a Huskie, the linebacker was a conference all-star for three straight seasons and an All-Canadian twice.

Friesen will also serve as a senior advisor to Flory.

Joining Friesen on the special teams’ staff is former Huskies’ kicker and 2016 staff member Braden Suchan.

“Braden will work exclusively with our kickers,” said Flory.  “What he did last year was nothing short of remarkable.  Sean Stenger had an All-Canadian season in large part to Braden.  He is a trusted ear for our kickers who is also technically as good as it gets when it comes to kicking the football.”

Flory also announced Joel Lipinski as the team’s Strength and Condition Coordinator, as well as Attila Nadori as the recruiting coordinator.

Lipinski played university football for the Saint Mary’s Huskies and Regina Rams, as well as in the CJFL with the Vancouver Island Raiders. He spent time in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders.  As an athlete, Lipinski was named an All-Canadian cornerback with the Rams and an All-Canadian at halfback with the Huskies. He also played for Team Canada in the IFAF World Championship in Austria.

Huskies Set To Go Camping

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Huskie football returns to the turf in Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park as the University of Saskatchewan squad hits the field for its 2017 spring camp.

Spring camp kicks off early Thursday morning with the 17th annual Dogs Breakfast at Prairieland Park and wraps up Sunday with the Green and White scrimmage.

The Dogs Breakfast helps raise scholarship funds for the team. The guest speaker is former CFL quarterback Henry Burris. At the event, Huskie head coach Scott Flory will make an official announcement of new recruits to the team.

The players will then hit the field that night at 5 p.m. in the first practice of the weekend. They suit up again Friday at 5 p.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saturday and finally 10:30 a.m. Sunday for the green and white scrimmage. All fans, supporters, alumni, family and friends are invited to attend any of the practices during the camp. The camp will feature more than 100 returning Huskies, new recruits and walk-on players.
2017 SPRING CAMP SCHEDULE

 Thursday, May 4

Flory Names Offensive Coaches

Scott Flory Huskie Head Coach

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his offensive coaching staff for the 2017 season Monday afternoon highlighted by coordinator Marcus Crandell.

Crandell joins the Huskies as offensive coordinator after a 11-year career as a quarterback in professional football and a five year coaching career. Crandell played in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1997 to 2008, he also spent time in NFL Europe and the XFL. He was named the 2001 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in 2001 with the Stampeders, and also added another championship in 2007 with the Roughriders.

“Marcus Crandell’s experience as an elite quarterback and coach in the CFL will help our team grow immensely,” said Flory of his new offensive coordinator. “His knowledge and skill set will develop our quarterbacks and advance our offence as a whole.  Marcus is a kind, caring and patient man who knows how to develop players and teach the game.  We are honoured to have him on board.”

Huskies Release Season Schedule: Kick-off Season In Manitoba

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Huskie Football Schedule Announced

The University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team will kick off the 2017 season on the road before returning home to Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park in Week 2.

New head coach Scott Flory and the Huskies travel to Winnipeg to meet the Manitoba Bisons on September 1 in the first of eight games in their 2017 schedule announced by the conference on Tuesday.

The Huskies return home in the first of four games under the lights on September 8 against the Alberta Golden Bears. Saskatchewan is also at home on September 29 against provincial rival the Regina Rams. The remaining home games are on Saturday’s beginning with October 14against the UBC Thunderbirds. The Huskies close out the regular season schedule at home on October 28against the Bisons.

Saskatchewan will also test its skills in a non-conference road game against the McMaster Marauders on August 25th at 7 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.

“Myself and the members of the Huskie football team are excited to get the season going,” said Flory, who was announced as head coach in March. “We have a talented group of athletes and we expect to be competitive in this tough Canada West conference.”

Kickoff for all four home games is slated for 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park, with the Wyant Group Rally Alley returning for its third season starting at 5 p.m. The presenting sponsor of Huskie football is Concorde Group of Companies.

Road trips for the Huskies include dates with the T-Birds on September 16, Calgary Dinos on September 23 and the Golden Bears on October 21.

Once again in 2017, CJWW (600 AM) will be the radio broadcast partner for the Huskies. All Huskie games, including any playoff games, will be broadcast live on CJWW. The broadcast will also include a 60-minute pregame show and a 30-minute postgame show.

Season ticket renewals for the 2017 Huskie football season begin on May 1st and will be available at the Dogs’ Breakfast. Call 306-966-1111 for any questions regarding season tickets.

And The Nominees Are….. Huskie Athletics

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Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the nominees for the Major 7 Awards to be handed out at the 2017 Huskie Salute on March 31 at TCU Place.

The Major 7 Awards are handed to those athletes who have had outstanding seasons for the green and white, as well as made big contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community during their time with the Huskies. Huskie Athletics will also honour Canada West All-Stars and Major Award Winners, U SPORTS All-Canadians and Major Award Winners and fifth-year athletes, as well as hand out the Trainer of the Year award.

And the nominees are…

Howard Nixon Trophy – Male Rookie of the Year

B-T Called To The Hall

Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum’s stellar Class of 2017 features the Canadian Football League running back with the most consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, the game’s leading passer, one of its’ top tacklers, its all-time leading receiver, an Alberta football stalwart and a legendary university coach from Saskatchewan.

“Every class is special and this one is exemplary,” said Mark DeNobile, Executive Director of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum (CFHOF), as he officially announced the names of this year’s inductees at a celebration event at the new Mosaic Stadium.

“The Inductees are Kelvin Anderson, Anthony Calvillo, Mike O’Shea and Geroy Simon in the player category. In the Builder category, long time administrator Stan Schwartz and recently retired Coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Brian Towriss have been selected.”

The introduction of the class is one of the highlights of Mark’s CFL Week, a new series of signature events that celebrate Canadian football and herald the approach of the upcoming Canadian Football League season, which kicks off this June. Formal induction ceremonies for this year’s CFHOF class will be held later this year, at the Hall of Fame game in Hamilton on September15th and during the week prior to the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in Ottawa.

Here’s a closer look at its members:

BRIAN TOWRISS, BUILDER

A former defensive tackle for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies,

Huskies Name Flory Head Coach – FULL AUDIO

Scott Flory Huskie Head Coach

Scott Flory will lead a new era of Huskie football at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

You can hear the entire news conference as well as the post-conference scrums with Head Coach Flory, and receiver Mitch Hillis right here.

The 40-year-old former nine-time Canadian Football League all-star and three-time Grey Cup champion has been hired as the new head coach of the U of S Huskies football team.

Flory, who also served as head of the CFL Players Association following a 15-year professional playing career, is a former Huskie football standout who helped lead the team to two Vanier Cup national championship titles in 1996 and 1998 and has spent the previous three seasons serving as the Huskies’ offensive co-ordinator. He takes over from Brian Towriss, who had served as Huskies head coach for the past 33 years and left the program as the winningest university football coach in the country.

For Flory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to serve as the head coach of the football program that helped develop him into a CFL star.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to be selected as the head coach,” said Flory, who played five seasons with the Huskies from 1994 to 1998 and was twice named a CIS All-Canadian. “As a University of Saskatchewan football and engineering alumnus, I left this school and football program with the life skills necessary to be successful. After my playing career was over, being a head coach was a career aspiration of mine and to do it at my alma mater is a dream come true.”

Flory was selected following an extensive search that included applicants from across North America. The selection committee was chaired by Chad London, the dean of the College of Kinesiology, and also featured former Huskie and current CFLer Patrick Neufeld, Football Canada president Kim Wudrick, Huskie athletic director Basil Hughton and U of S women’s basketball and national team head coach Lisa Thomaidis.

London said Flory was the perfect fit to give the historic program a fresh new start.

“We were looking for the best possible coach to lead the program and Scott’s vision for the future is the change we needed at this time,” said London. “Obviously credentials and experience were important, but we were also looking for the right fit for our student-athletes, for our university and for our community. Scott is passionate, inspiring and dedicated and is truly committed to the development of our student-athletes. He also knows what it takes to win and return the program to national prominence.”

A native of Regina, Flory was a third-round draft pick of the Montreal Alouettes in the 1998 CFL draft and went on to twice earn the league’s most outstanding offensive lineman award. He is excited to bring a new approach to Huskie football, while also continuing to build on the traditions and commitment to excellence that the program has always been known for.

“As a student-athlete, Huskie football taught me the meaning of maturity, responsibility, hard work, respect and the commitment to excellence necessary to be a champion,” said Flory, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the U of S. “In respecting what I learned, this is a big opportunity for this program to grow, change and move forward. There will be a shifting approach to how we handle football. Everything will be under the microscope, analyzed and changed, if necessary, in order to pursue excellence.”

The Huskies posted a 5-3 record in the Canada West conference last season before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Calgary Dinos. The Huskies will return to the field for the first time under Flory when the team kicks off spring camp in May at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Huskies Name Interim Head Coaches

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Huskie Athletics is pleased to announce University of Saskatchewan alumni Brian Guebert and Scott Flory as the interim co-head coaches for football.

Guebert has spent the past four seasons as special team coordinator for the squad, while Flory has been the offensive coordinator since 2014. Both were previously full-time assistant coaches with the football program.

“Scott Flory and Brian Guebert are strong choices for the interim head coach position,” said athletic director Basil Hughton. “Both have been a part of the Huskie family as student-athletes, alumni and assistant coaches, as well, they have excellent coaching resumes. The student-athletes are our top priority and we feel this will create stability and support for them during this transition time.”

The two will work in conjunction to coordinate all aspects of preparation and training for the 2017 football season.

“Both Coach Flory and Coach Guebert have made positive impacts to our student-athlete careers,” said Kyle Siemens, quarterback and team captain. “As former student-athletes, they know firsthand what it takes to be successful as a student and an athlete.”