Category Archives: Riders

Riders Hire New O-C!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced the hiring of Jacques Chapdelaine as offensive co-ordinator.

The veteran coach has spent 13 seasons coaching in the Canadian Football League after originally entering as special teams co-ordinator and receivers coach with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001. The next season Chapdelaine was named as the Stamps offensive co-ordinator.

The 53-year-old went on to spend ten of the next 11 seasons (2003-2006, 2008-2013) with the BC Lions including six years as offensive co-ordinator. He spent the 2007 season with the Edmonton Eskimos as assistant head coach and offensive co-ordinator.
Through eight seasons as the head signal caller, Chapdelaine’s teams have compiled a 79-64-1 record, playing in four division finals, winning two grey Cups.

Riders Foley Puts Pen To Paper: Release Four

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Thursday that national defensive end Ricky Foley has signed an extension to remain with the team. As per club policy financial details of the contract were not released.

Foley (6’3 – 245) will enter his third season with the Green and White after originally signing with the team as a free agent in February, 2013. Last season, the 32-year-old matched a career high with 12 quarterback sacks while adding an impressive 54 defensive tackles. The three-time Grey Cup champion was named the Riders Most Outstanding Canadian at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Foley was eligible to enter CFL free agency on February 10th.

Riders Name New Boss

The Saskatchewan Roughriders Board of Directors announced today that Craig Reynolds will be the Club’s next President and Chief Executive Officer.

Craig had been with the Riders for the previous six seasons after originally joining the Club as the Chief Financial Officer in June, 2009. After three years, Craig was promoted to Senior Vice-President & CFO where he has remained to date.

As an organizational leader Craig has been accountable for the Club’s strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting, treasury, human resource and stadium operations functions. He has also worked closely with Football Operations providing forecasting, modeling and analytics assistance to the team in managing the league-wide salary cap and maximizing value for money.

Recently, Craig was a member of the 2013 Grey Cup Executive Committee and chaired the Operations Committee. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of ticketing, sponsorship, marketing, retail, and stadium operations, delivering record revenue for the Club. Craig also played a lead role in the Grey Cup Legacy Project resulting in the expansion of the current Mosaic Stadium. Under Craig’s guidance the Club’s stabilization reserves have grown from $1 million to over $12 million in five years.

Riders Reduce Free-Agent List

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international defensive tackle Tearrius George has signed an extension to remain with the team. As per club policy financial details of the contract were not released.

George (6’4 – 277) will enter his fifth season with the Riders after originally signing with the team as a free agent in February, 2011. The 32-year-old was named a West Division All-Star for the second consecutive season after recording career highs with 37 defensive tackles and 12 quarterback sacks while starting all 18 games during the 2014 regular season. Through four seasons, George sits 11th on the Riders All-Time quarterback sacks list with 31.

Two Riders Named To The Hall

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum (CFHOF) announced a star-studded cast of 2014 inductees on Friday night in Vancouver.

Former Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson highlights the list of players inducted, which also includes Leroy Blugh, Eddie Davis, and Gene Makowsky. Bob O’Billovich, a long-time CFL Head Coach and General Manager, headlines the list of builders being inducted along with Larry Reda and Bob Wetenhall.

“On behalf of the CFL, our Board of Governors and our fans, congratulations to this year’s inductees on this great honour,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “Every one of these gentlemen had a positive impact on the growth of football in our country, and for that we are forever indebted to them.”

“Thank you to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the Selection Committee for helping provide the recognition they deserve.”

The inductees were officially announced at a celebration event during the 102nd Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver on Friday, while induction weekend will be announced and further details will be made available at a later date.

“I would like to thank the Selection Committee for their commitment and dedication, to select a truly Canadian Football class,” said Mark DeNobile, executive director of the CFHOF.

“This is the fourth Class selected under the new terms of reference in which we recognized all levels of Football in Canada. We are very pleased to see significant representation in the 2014 class.”

Riders Hopson Honoured

Saskatchewan Roughriders President and CEO Jim Hopson has been honoured with the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award for his contributions to the Canadian Football League, the game of football and Canada’s sporting culture.

He was presented the award Thursday night by CFL President and COO Michael Copeland at the CFL Awards Show in Vancouver, BC as part of the 102nd Grey Cup festivities.

The former player turned executive has been at the helm of the Riders since 2005, leading them to four Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup Championships. Jim’s leadership has helped turn the Roughriders into one of the CFL’s model franchises, achieving record profits while continuing to be deeply rooted within its community.

“The Hugh Campbell Award is given to an individual that has strengthened our league and our game, and their place in Canada’s sports culture and Jim has certainly accomplished that,” said Copeland. “On behalf of our league and Board of Governors, congratulations and thank you for your efforts, passion and leadership.”
Over the past few years, the organization has won Paragon Awards for both marketing and community involvement; been named as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 100 companies: selected one of Saskatchewan’s Top 20 Employers; a regional winner for Most Admired Corporate Culture; and an Honorary ABEX Award Winner.

K-J Gets The Nod

The Saskatchewan Roughriders practiced outdoors today in preparation of their West Division Semi-Final with Edmonton on Sunday.

Despite his best efforts Darian Durant’s recovery was slowed which means that the Green and White will start Kerry Joseph under center on Sunday.

Coach Corey Chamblin announced his starter following today’s practice.

Joseph has started the last three games for the Riders.

Darian Done For The Season?

If the Saskatchewan Roughriders are going to repeat as Grey Cup Champions they are most likely are going to have to do it with Quarterback Darian Durant.

The team returned Doubles to the six game injured list this morning.

Originally the team had hoped that Durant, who injured a tendon in his throwing elbow in the Banjo Bowl, would be able to return in time for the play-offs.

Durant was working out with the team prior to their game last week against Edmonton but was not throwing the ball.

Riders Ink Pair

The Saskatchewan Roughriders today announced international kick returner/running back Steven Miller and international linebacker Alvin Bowen have been added to the team.

Miller (5’7 – 172) signs with the Riders after attending training camp with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League where he appeared in three preseason games registering two receptions for 39 yards. The 23 year old Appalachian State product spent part of the 2013 season on the Lions practice roster after originally signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in April, 2013.

Bowen (6’2 – 225) will join the Green and White’s practice roster. The Iowa State product spent the 2013 season with the Calgary Stampeders where he appeared in 11 regular season games registering eight special teams tackles, three defensive tackles, and one interception. He also played two regular season games for the Stampeders in 2014 recording two special teams tackles.

Riders Release Pair Of Vets

RIDERS TRANSACTION ALERT

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following transactions:

* RELEASE international running back Will Ford

*RELEASE international quarterback DeNarius McGhee

* RELEASE international receiver Eron Riley