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Numerous CFL sources are confirming that the Saskatchewan Roughriders have relieved Head Coach Corey Chamblin and General Manager Brendan Taman from their duties.

The axe fell earlier this evening after new CEO Craig Reynolds met with the pair.

Details of that meeting are not known. However, Special teams Co-ordinator Bob Dyce is expected to take over as Head Coach on an Interim Basis while Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day will fill the role held by Taman.

Huskies Open Season With Non-Conference Win

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The University of Saskatchewan Huskies opened the 2015 season with a 33-10 non-conference win over the visiting Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks Friday night in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Third-year Saskatchewan receiver Mitch Hillis hauled in nine passes for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns on the night. While fourth-year Huskie quarterback finished the night 13-for-20 with a pair of touchdownds and 214 yards.

Kayden Johnson carried the ball 17 times on the ground with Tyler Chow rushing another nine times for 86 and 62 yards respectively.

Eric Morelli completed 10-of-21 attempts on Friday night for 103 yards. James Fracas went 1-for-5 in limited action.

Greg Nyhof was the top receiver for the Golden Hawks with two catches for 40 yards. On the ground it was 2014 CIS leading rusher Dillon Campbell with six rushes for 46 yards. Morelli and Eric Guiltinan rushed for 38 yards each.

For the Huskies Lance Bashutsky and Evan Machibroda each recorded five tackles and Chris Friesen picked of Laurier quarterbacks twice.

Ron Klinga and Taner Philip both had an interception for Laurier. Scott Hunter was the leading tackler with 6.5.

Saskatchewan will continue with training camp next week in preparation for the start of the Canada West season September 4 at home against the University of Manitoba Bisons. Laurier opens the OUA season with a visit to Toronto to meet the York Lions on September 30.

It was the second meeting between the two programs. The only previous matchup was the 2005 Vanier Cup in Hamilton when Laurier prevailed 24-23.

Countdown Is On To Huskies Football:

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The countdown to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies taking the field for the first time is on!

Here’s a look at tonight’s non-conference match-up with a sneak peak preview.

HUSKIES HOST GOLDEN HAWKS FOR NON-CONFERENCE SEASON OPENER

Game Date: Friday, August 21, 2015, 7pm
Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park
Live Radio Broadcast: CJWW, www.cjwwradio.com
Live Stats/ Live Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAME
In a rematch of the 2005 Vanier Cup, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks will begin their 2015 campaigns with a non-conference matchup Friday night at Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

BROADCAST INFO
Kickoff is 7 p.m. local time on Friday. The game is available live on CJWW at www.cjwwradio.com. CJWW’s broadcast will begin with a full hour Pizza Hut Pre-Game Show originating from the Rally Alley pre-game area west of Griffiths Stadium. Joining myself will be a round table of color analyst Barclay Schlosser, CJWW Sports Director Les Lazaruk, as well as Head Coach Brian Towriss, Newly inducted Canadian Football Hall of Fame member Gene Makowsky as well as many other guest.

Additionally, the broadcast will have numerous social components including fans a chance to Honk for A Huskie.

PLUS, we will have a number of truly Huskie features including our Huskie Hero segment. For a sneak peak check it out here:

THE HEADLINES

A Questionable Top Ten Tuesday:

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From the gloom and doom in Riderville to play-off talk in Toronto. It has been a whirlwind week in sports.
Here are my top 10 thoughts from the week that was:

10 – Are the Saskatchewan Roughriders really an oh-and-6 calibre team? Hate to say it but the Riders are what the record shows. The defence let the team down in four very winnable games at the start of the season and now with the struggling offence the Green and White are up against it.

9 – Should Brendan Taman have to address the status of his coach? First I fully am on board with Taman defending his coach, Corey Chamblin. CFL “Insider,” Gary Lawless was doing what he had to do to grab headlines and report what he heard, I get that too! However, I’m not sure that a GM should ever have to address the status of a coach. Both are under contract until otherwise noted. Having to answer the questions to me seems ludicrous.

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat: On Game Day!

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Well here we go with my scattered thoughts from the last seven days in the world of sports..

Start off with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Green and White will look to break into the win column against the team I feel is the best in the entire league, the Edmonton Eskimos. The Eskies defence is ferocious, their offence will come around with the return of Mike Reilly from the injured list and Grant Shaw seems to have found consistency and is playing well in the kicking game.

More on the Riders and is it time for Brendan Taman to make a pivotal decision? Darian Durant is done for the year. Kevin Glenn likely won’t come back. So is it time to try and swing a deal for a QB that has had at least some CFL success? (Trevor Harris, Thomas DeMarco, Johnathan Crompton, etc.) To be honest I think the Riders need to give Brett Smith and possibly Tino Sunseri. It’s not so much in fairness to the players though. But rather the Riders have invested in the players by developing and grooming them. Now is the time to see if that investment has paid off.

Will the Riders win? Not many are giving them a shot at tough Commonwealth Stadium. However, I think it’s a case of now or never. Can the team circle the wagons and come out firing on all cylinders? OR will they fall flat similarly to how they did last year after Darian Durant went down? Honestly I have no idea which way it will go but I do know that it all starts with the Rider ‘D’.

Last one on the Riders the players aren’t throwing in the towel on the season, obviously. The question is who can the Riders pass to make the post-season? With there being no cross-over to the East this season the Green and White will need to surpass two western teams to get in. Who can they catch. I would speculate that BC is a candidate but with the Lions sweeping the Riders already this year that means a season series loss for Saskatchewan which could be tough to overcome. So who is next? Winnipeg? Calgary?

Riders Glenn Out…. For A While:

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The hits keep coming for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Yesterday the club moved injured Quarterback Kevin Glenn to the 6-game injured list.

Glenn tore his pectoral muscle making a tackle in Sunday’s loss to B.C.

The Riders will now turn to rookie Brett Smith to take over the offence. Tino Sunseri will serve as the back-up.

The Green and White did make a roster edition yesterday.

Top Ten Tuesday: What Changes Can Rider Nation Expect? And Is AA off the wagon?

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It’s that time of the week for my random thoughts on the world of sports.

From fixing the Saskatchewan Roughriders to figuring out what the Toronto Blue Jays are doing heading into the trade deadline is all here…. In no particular order.

Enjoy!

10 – So the Toronto Blue Jays have made a major deal prior to the deadline, check. (Last night the Jays dealt Short Stop Jose Reyes and prospects to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki, and some bullpen help). However, they didn’t address their glaring need for pitching instead helping their defence and adding another bat. Here’s hoping that this is the first of more moves for Alex Anthopolis.

9 – So the MLB trade deadline is this Friday, I do appreciate the new Commissioners thoughts that the deadline needs to be pushed back to further separate buyers and sellers. I hope he’s thinking of mid to late August.

8 – Before I get to the Saskatchewan Roughriders oh-and-five start to the season how about the CFL? I mused in my To The Point thoughts yesterday that the CFL may be changing their rules mid-season. There was a drastic drop in illegal contact on receiver penalties from week 4 to week 5 which makes me think that the CFL is changing its’ stance on zero tolerance on contact beyond five yards from the line of scrimmage. OR have the players adjusted that well and that quickly? I think the CFL recognized the problem after backlash from the media and fans through the opening two months of the season, pre-season included.

To The Point: CFL Week 5 Recap; Has The League Compromised Its New Rules?

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Another week has come and gone in the CFL and once again the week ends with a disappointing Rider loss.

Here are my running thoughts from this week’s action including an argument that the CFL is listening to its fans and changing rules mid-stream.

Here We go:

Hamilton 31 – Saskatchewan 21:

The contest starts with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats moving the Ball into Rider territory. The drive stalls at the Rider 51 and instead of trying to pin the Riders deep Kent Austin elects to go for a 58-yard-field goal. Obviously, Kent feels the Riders are a fragile bunch and he knows an early lead will help his offence enormously.

A nice return by Weston Dressler can turn the tide in the Riders favor if they can capitalize which they do with a Paul McCallum Field goal.

McCallum’s consistency is a hug plus for the Riders.

Scanning the Riders sideline and Taj Smith is on the bench. I thought the Riders really didn’t want much to do with him for the rest of the year. Interesting that he is back around the team.

Commentators on TV are continuing to talk about how little things are adding up into big things for the Riders. Right on cue Chris Getzlaf seems to lose his place on the field and cuts his route off short of the yard sticks. The completion is made but the Riders have to kick. Down and distance awareness has to be more of a priority for the Green and White.

Opposite end of the spectrum, what a great decision by Weston Dressler. After a botched lateral pass he throws an incomplete pass instead of taking a 13-yard loss. That’s a great heads up play!

The Rider injury carousel has taken another spin as National Full-Back Spence Moore heads to the Rider locker room. Done for the day.

Have the Riders outcoached themselves this game by not giving the football to Jerome Messam? I personally would have made Hamilton stop him before moving away from him. The Rider ‘O’ hasn’t afforded that opportunity to the league leader in yards from scrimmage.

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat: Can You Handle The Truth?

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Another seven days have come and gone which has meant some more R & R for yours truly.

That has meant for a bit of a slower time here at toontownsports.net but it has been anything but slow in the sports pages. So, here is a look back at the past seven days with my take and some cold hard truth. Can you handle it?

Kicking things off this morning is the Saskatoon Hilltops. I had the opportunity to literally drop in on their golf tournament and ring ceremony at the Dakota Dunes Casino and Golf Links yesterday. One of the reasons I feel so privileged to have been working with this team for the last decade is the family philosophy that they have built. The supporters that were on hand last night to salute the 2014 Canadian Champions, one last time, were oozing with pride.

Staying with football and the word from some in Regina and around the CFL is that “apparently” Head Coach Corey Chamblin’s job may be on the line after an oh-and-4 start to the campaign. Wow! With more than 12 players on the team’s 6-game injured list and a combined 12 points being the margin of defeat how can anyone blame the Head Coach? Literally the Riders are three plays away from being 3-and-1.

Unfortunately those three plays have been defensive ones. That being said the Riders are missing the quarterback of their defence Shea Emry. In the off-season the Riders identified a young group of Linebackers that would be utilized in 2015. To address the need the Green and White acquired Emry from Toronto. Unfortunately, Emery has missed all but two quarters of the season. I guarantee that if you insert him back in the line-up the defensive group looks a lot different.

Hilltops Hand Out The Hardware

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The 2014 Saskatoon Hilltops took one last look back at their 17th National Championship in franchise history, on Thursday night.

The Toppers held their annual golf tournament and Ring Presentation Ceremony at the Dakota Dunes in front of more than a hundred supporters.

The Club bid farewell to their handful of graduating players and honored those who will return in 2015 looking for the repeat.

The 2014 Jostens National Championship rings features the Hilltops Golden ‘H’ surrounded by blue.

One side of the ring is personalized with a name and the player number.

The opposite side features the message: “Perseverance,” and “4-in-5,” symbolic of the team winning national championships four of the last five years.