Regina Rams

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Regina Rams
First season1954
Athletic directorLisa Robertson
Head coachStephen Bryce
4th year, 14–18–0  (.438)
Other StaffMark McConkey (OC)
Sheldon Gray (DC)
Home StadiumMosaic Stadium
Year built2016
Stadium capacity33,000
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationRegina, Saskatchewan
LeagueU Sports
ConferenceCanada West (1999 – present)
Past associationsMSJFL (1954–1975)
CJFL (1976–1998)
All-time record74–93–1 (.443)
Postseason record7–14 (.333)
Tournaments
Vanier Cups0
Atlantic Bowls1
2000
Canadian Bowls15
1966, 1970, 1971, 1973,
1975, 1976, 1980, 1981,
1986, 1987, 1993, 1994,
1995, 1997, 1998
Hardy Cups1
2000
Hec Crighton winners1
Current uniform
Regina Rams football uniform since 2014.png
ColoursGreen and Gold
         
OutfitterNike
RivalsSaskatchewan Huskies
Websitereginarams.com

The Regina Rams represent the University of Regina, located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, in U Sports football played under Canadian rules. The Rams nickname is used by the university's football team only; all other teams at the school are named Regina Cougars. The Rams joined U Sports in 1999 and have competed in the Canada West Conference since then.[1]

Club history[edit]

The Regina Rams were formed in 1954 when two junior football teams, the Bombers and the Dales, merged into one football club. The Rams participated in the Man-Sask Junior Football League until 1976, when they joined with junior teams from Alberta to form the Prairie Football Conference. The club would participate in the CJFL until 1998, winning ten Canadian Junior Football Championships along the way.[1]

In 1999, after competing for 45 years in junior football (Canadian Junior Football League), the Regina Rams became a member of the Canada West Conference of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU), later Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and now U Sports. The University of Regina came to community partnership agreement with the CJFL team that made the transfer possible. Rather than change their name to Regina Cougars, the football team continued to use the moniker "Rams." In only their second year of playing in the CIAU, the Rams won the Canada West Conference championship and then the Atlantic Bowl. They then went on their way to the Vanier Cup where they lost 42–39 to Marcel Bellefeuille's Ottawa Gee-Gees.[1][2]

Frank McCrystal was the head coach of the Rams from their inception in the CIS until 2014. He first took the reins of the team in 1984, making 2014 his 31st season as head coach of the Rams and his 16th in the CIS. In 2007, after leading his team to a 6–2 regular season record and an appearance in the Hardy Cup game, McCrystal was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport Coach of the Year and received the 2007 Frank Tindall Trophy.[3][4]

The Rams played the inaugural sporting event at Mosaic Stadium on October 1, 2016, hosting the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.[5][6]

CIAU/CIS/U Sports Regular Season Results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost OTL PCT PF PA Standing Playoffs
1999 8 0 8 - 0.000 121 309 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2000 8 4 4 - 0.500 218 281 3rd in CW Defeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 33–32
Defeated Manitoba Bisons in Hardy Cup 25–22
Defeated Saint Mary's Huskies in Churchill Bowl 40–36
Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in 36th Vanier Cup 42–39
2001 8 5 3 - 0.625 278 208 2nd in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 58–31
Lost to Manitoba Bisons in Hardy Cup 23–17
2002 8 5 3 0 0.625 169 153 3rd in CW Defeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 39–17
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Hardy Cup 44–28
2003 8 4 3 1 0.563 248 246 3rd in CW Lost to Simon Fraser Clan in semi-final 53–46
2004 8 0 8 0 0.000 116 268 7th in CW Out of Playoffs
2005 8 3 5 0 0.375 188 276 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2006 8 4 4 0 0.500 278 256 4th in CW Lost to Manitoba Bisons in semi-final 44–29
2007 8 6 2 - 0.750 257 195 2nd in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 19–13
Lost to Manitoba Bisons in Hardy Cup 48–5
2008 8 5 3 - 0.250 163 179 3rd in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 24–17
2009 8 3 5 - 0.375 174 224 4th in CW Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 53–23
2010 8 5 3 - 0.625 281 181 3rd in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 40–33
2011 8 5 3 - 0.625 123 154 3rd in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 16–4
2012 8 6 2 - 0.750 214 160 2nd in CW Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 31–9
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 38–14
2013 8 2 6 - 0.250 224 279 5th in CW Out of Playoffs
2014 8 3 5 - 0.375 239 294 4th in CW Lost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 56–0
2015 8 0 8 - 0.000 177 339 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2016 8 6 2 - 0.750 277 218 1st in CW Lost to UBC Thunderbirds in semi-final 40-34
2017 8 4 4 - 0.500 259 283 3rd in CW Lost to UBC Thunderbirds in semi-final 28-21
2018 8 1 7* - 0.125 107 217 6th in CW Out of Playoffs
2019 8 3 5 - 0.375 211 189 5th in CW Out of Playoffs

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  • (*)The Rams forfeited three wins in 2018 due to use of an ineligible player. Those games were then awarded as 1-0 wins to Alberta, UBC, and Manitoba.[9]

Regina Rams in the professional ranks[edit]

As of the end of the 2019 CFL season, seven former Rams players were on CFL teams' rosters:

[10]

As of the start of the 2019 NFL season, two former Rams players were on NFL teams' active rosters:

[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 11, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Regina Rams History
  2. ^ http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/fball/2010-11/files/vanier_cup_history Vanier Cup History
  3. ^ "C.I.S. & CJFL Update". 2007. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.reginacougars.com/coaches.aspx?rc=180&path=football 2010 Football Coaching Staff, Frank McCrystal
  5. ^ "Three events to test out new Mosaic Stadium". Regina Leader-Post. Postmedia Network. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "It's like a 'major league' venue: Test run of new Mosaic Stadium wins praise". CBC News. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Canada West Football History
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Canada West Football
  9. ^ 2018 U Sports Regina schedule
  10. ^ "Players". Canadian Football League. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  11. ^ http://www.canadawest.org/custompages/Football/YIR/fb_ProList.pdf Canada West Football 2010 CFL/NFL Players