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New Partnership – New Job!

Well the cat is out of the bag. I have taken on a new role for the upcoming football season! I will be hitting the broadcast booth at Griffiths Stadium to call the action for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies!

You will still see me on the sidelines and hosting the pre-game show for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and I will still be around the Saskatoon Hilltops but this new opportunity is something that I am extremely excited to tackle.

Here are all of the details:

Huskie Athletics is pleased to announce a new five-year radio broadcast deal with Saskatoon Media Group for University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ football games.

The deal will see all eight conference games, as well as any non-conference and playoff games broadcast live on CJWW (600AM). Huskie football will be the exclusive Saskatoon football team with play-by-play on the station.

U of S Salutes Their Top Dogs

With conference award winning seasons in University of Saskatchewan uniforms, Annie Monteith and Mark Ingram have been named Huskie Athletics’ female and male athletes of the year.

Ingram becomes the 24th football player to win the E. Kent Phillips Trophy for Male Athlete of the Year since 1966, while Monteith is just the third wrestler to win the Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy for Female Athlete of the Year.

Canada West Most Outstanding Wrestler for the second year in a row, Monteith struck gold at the Canada West Championship and silver at the CIS Championship. At the Canada West Championship, the Arts & Science student from Regina won without having a point scored against her and at the CIS Championship didn’t have a point scored against her until the final match.

She finished no lower than fourth at competitions throughout the season and was also named a Canada West First Team All-Star, CIS Second Team All-Canadian and the Canada West Student-Athlete Community Award winner.

Safety Ingram turned heads in his second and final season with the Huskie football team being named the Canada West Defensive Player of the Year and a CIS All-Canadian.

Helping the Huskies to a 6-2 record and a home playoff date for the first time in four seasons, the Agriculture and Bioresources student finished 2014 with 48.5 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four breakups and six interceptions. The Imperial, Saskatchewan native’s totals put him in third in the conference in tackles and first in interceptions in both the conference and CIS. He was 15th in tackles in the nation.

Huskie Athletics handed out five other major awards at the annual Huskie Salute Friday night at TCU Place. The event also featured the achievements of the athletes of the University of Saskatchewan’s 15 CIS teams. Canada West and CIS All-Stars/All-Canadians and award winners, along with fifth-year athletes were also honoured at the celebration.

Wrestlers swept the rookie of the year awards.

Former Huskie To Head Clan

University of Saskatchewan alumni and Humboldt native Kelly Bates will be introduced today as the new Head Coach of the Simon Fraser Clan.

Bates spent the last four seasons in B.C. with the Lions most recently as the team’s Running Backs coach and Canadian Draft co-ordinator.

Prior to his coaching career Bates spent 10 seasons patrolling offensive lines in the Canadian Football League spending time with B.C., Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Edmonton winning a pair of Grey Cups and named as an All-Canadian once. Prior to turning pro Bates graduated from the University of Saskatchewan where he helped the Huskies win the Vanier Cup.

In addition to his duties with the Lions Bates continues to help grow the sport back at home. His annual Kelly Bates Football camp in Humboldt allows grade 9, 10 and 11 players the opportunity to learn from CFL greats and hone their skills.

Kelly, one of the all-time good guys in the CFL, was left off new BC Lions Head Coach Jeff Tedford’s coaching staff.

Bates will take over from Jacques Chapdelaine who vacated the post to take join the Saskatchewan Roughriders as their Offensive Coordinator.

For more information on Kelly’s camps click here. Note registration opens next week.

Former Huskies Introduced After Signing With Riders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders made a trip to ToonTown on Thursday to introduce their newest additions.

Former University of Saskatchewan Huskies Brad Nehring and Denton Kolodzinski were welcomed to the club by Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day.

You can hear all three and their comments following the availability by clicking here.


Riders Go To The Dogs For A Pair Of Signings

(PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national offensive lineman Brad Nehring and national kicker Denton Kolodzinski have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Nehring (6’5 – 295) joins the Riders after spending the previous five seasons with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native started seven regular season Canada West games at centre last season as the Huskies tied for first place with a 6-2 record.

The Arts and Sciences major played 33 career collegiate games. He was named a CIS Academic All-Canadian in 2012.

Dogs Excited A Lott About 2015 Breakfast

The Huskies Football Foundation revealed details behind their 2015 Dogs Breakfast this morning.

Dogs’ Breakfast XV will feature former NFL Defensive Back, Ronnie Lott as this year’s guest speaker.

Ronnie was a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the NFL for fifteen seasons during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Lott played college football for the University of Southern California, and was honoured as a consensus All-American.

A first-round pick in the 1981 NFL draft, he played for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, appeared in 10 Pro Bowls and is widely considered one of the best defensive backs in NFL history.

We welcome Ronnie Lott to the 15th anniversary of The Dogs’ Breakfast. Thanks to Prairie Mobile Communications, our guest speaker sponsor for their ongoing commitment to the team.You can hear my conversation with Huskies offensive coach Scott Flory regarding the Dogs’ breakfast here.

Here are the numbers on the Dogs’ Breakfast:

Heenan Saddled By Colts: Riders Add Two More

Busy day from the world of football. Here’s what you need to know:

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with guard Ben Heenan.

Heenan, 6-4, 316 pounds, played the last three seasons (2012-14) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) after being selected by the team with the first overall pick of the 2012 CFL Draft. He competed in 52 career games on the offensive line, starting 49 contests. In 2014, Heenan started all 21 games for the Roughriders for the first time in his career. In 2013, he started 16 games at right guard and right tackle and helped the Roughriders win their fourth Grey Cup in franchise history. As a rookie in 2012, Heenan saw action in a total of 15 games and started 12.

Collegiately, Heenan played four seasons (2008-2011) at the University of Saskatchewan at both guard and tackle and helped the Huskies to three Canada West regular season titles and four playoff appearances. The team led the conference in points scored and total offense on two occasions. Heenan was one of only three Canadian players selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season. He was also named Second Team All-Canadian and was a Canada West All-Star in 2011. Heenan earned First Team All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star honors in 2010, while playing in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport East-West Bowl. In his first year with the Huskies in 2008, he started all nine games and was named Canada West Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile back in Riderville,

No Huskies Crack CFL Scouting List

Daryl Waud, a defensive tackle from Western University, is the top-ranked CIS player on the second prospect list released by the CFL’s Scouting Bureau in advance of the league’s 2015 Canadian Draft.

The Scouting Bureau list was expanded from 15 to 20 prospects this year and 15 CIS standouts found their way on the second ranking of the season, one more than in September. Powerhouses Calgary and Laval once again lead the way with four and three selections, respectively.

Waud, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound senior who was named a first-team all-Canadian in his fourth campaign with the Mustangs, moves up two positions to No. 3 on the new Bureau list to replace Manitoba slotback Nic Demski as the top-ranked CIS prospect. Demski drops two spots to No. 5 on the December list.

The other CIS stars included on the new list are Calgary centre Sean McEwen (No. 6 / up eight positions), Calgary guard Sukh Chungh (No. 7 / up one), Laval offensive lineman Danny Groulx (No. 8 / down four), Regina wide receiver Addison Richards (No. 9 / up two), McMaster linebacker Nicholas Shortill (No. 11 / up four), Wilfrid Laurier defensive back Chris Ackie (No. 12 / no change), Laval offensive tackle Karl Lavoie (No. 14 / up two), Laval defensive tackle Brandon Tennant (No. 15 / down two), Calgary linebacker Adam Konar (No. 16 / previously unranked), Montreal linebacker Byron Archambault (No. 17 / previously unranked), Laurier defensive end Ese Mrabure-Ajufo (No. 18 / down one), Calgary receiver Jake Harty (No. 19 / no change) and Ottawa defensive tackle Ettore Lattanzio (No. 20 / previously unranked).

Last May, Laval centre Pierre Lavertu became the eighth CIS player in as many years – and the 12th in the past 15 years – to be selected first overall in the CFL Canadian Draft when the Calgary Stampeders called his name at No. 1. He was ranked fourth, second and third, respectively, on the three Scouting Bureau lists published in 2013-14.

A record 59 CIS players (out of 65 total picks) were selected in the 2014 CFL Draft, including eight in the first round, also an all-time mark for CIS (tied with 1970 and 1972).

Guebert/Yausie Going International

Football Canada is proud to announce its Junior National Team coaching staff which will guide Canada at the 2016 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U-19 World Championship in addition to the 2014 and 2015 International Bowls.
WARREN CRANEY returns for his second term as Junior National Team head coach after leading Canada to silver at the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship in Kuwait.

In addition to Craney, the coaching staff returns three as BRIAN GUEBERT (special teams coordinator / defensive line) and KAMAU PETERSON (receivers) return for their third respective U-19 World Championships while KEVIN MACNEILL (defensive coordinator) returns for his second worlds, inheriting the defensive coordinator role from Craney. Accompanied by the three returnees are JOE D’AMORE (offensive coordinator), CHRISTOPHER AUGER (quarterbacks), DANNY DESRIVEAUX (running backs), JEAN-FRANÇOIS JONCAS (offensive line), and JEFF YAUSIE (linebackers).

“The coaching staff we’ve assembled includes some of the top coaches in Canada,” head coach, Warren Craney said. “Returning three assistant coaches from 2014, including Brian and Kamau with two previous world championships under their belts are huge assets to the team.”

“With a coaching staff now in place, we will turn our attention to preparing for the 2014 International Bowl and work towards the 2016 world championship.”

Craney believes that the annual International Bowl series in late January or early February between Canada and the US will help acclimatize the team to international play.

“The International Bowl will be a great opportunity for the new staff to get used to working together and familiarize themselves with the US style of play and the differences in rules. I feel international play is very important for the Junior National Team program leading up to the 2016 World Championship and gives the opportunity for a greater number of kids to represent their country.”

Huskie Gets All-Canadian Nod

The 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport football all-stars were announced on Thursday evening during the Sun Life Financial All-Canadian Banquet.

The awards gala was held at Sheraton Montreal Centre as part of the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup celebrations. The McMaster University Marauders face the University of Montreal Carabins in the milestone championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. EST at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, live on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360, Radio-Canadaand

“Sun Life Financial is thrilled and proud to partner with Canadian Interuniversity Sport for the presentation of the 50th Vanier Cup banquet. I salute the determination, passion and commitment of the players who excel not only on the field but also in the classroom. Among those exceptional models are without a doubt the leaders of tomorrow and maybe our future colleagues,” said Robert Dumas, President, Sun Life Financial, Quebec.