McGill Redmen football

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McGill Redmen
McGill Athletics wordmark.png
McGill Redmen logo
First season 1874
Athletic director Drew Love
Head coach Ronald Hilaire
2 year, 7–9–0  (.438)
Other Staff Benoit Groulx (OC)
Ronald Hilaire (DC)
Home Stadium Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
Year built 1914
Stadium capacity 25,012
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Montreal, Quebec
League U Sports
Conference RSEQ (2010 – present)
Past associations CRFU (1898–1914, 1919–1939, 1946–1970)
QUAA (1971–1973)
OQIFC (1974–2000)
QSSF (2001–2009)
All-time record – 
Postseason record – 
Tournaments
Vanier Cups 1
1987
Mitchell Bowls 3
1958, 1960, 1973
Atlantic Bowls 2
1969, 1987
Yates Cups 10
1902, 1906, 1912, 1913,
1919, 1928, 1938, 1960,
1962, 1969
Dunsmore Cups 3
1987, 2001, 2002
Hec Crighton winners 1
Dave Fleiszer
Current uniform
Colours Red, White, and Black
              
Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Montreal Carabins
Concordia Stingers
Website McGill Football

The McGill Redmen football team represents McGill University athletics teams in U Sports and is based in Montreal, Quebec. The program is one of the oldest in all of Canada, having begun organized competition in 1874. The team won its first championship in 1902 and since then have also won in 1912, 1913, 1919, 1928, 1938 and 1960 prior to the inauguration of the Vanier Cup in 1965. McGill appeared in the Vanier Cup final in 1969, 1973 and 1987, with the Redmen finally winning the title in the 1987 game. McGill plays out of Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, where the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes also play.

Since the retirement of long-time head coach Charlie Baillie in 2000, the team has only won two league championships (2001, 2002). In October 2005, the McGill administration cancelled the last three games of football team's season after confirmed reports of hazing involving sexual abuse.[1] After their 2005 suspension, the team struggled with three losing seasons, including two winless seasons in 2007 and 2008. The program showed signs of hope as the Redmen won three games in 2009, but soon sank back down to futility with consecutive winless campaigns in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, the Redmen qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2006, but lost to perennial powerhouse Laval.

Seasons[edit]

The McGill v. Harvard game played in 1874.

In 1874, McGill and Harvard met in the first North American style football game.[2] From 1898, McGill played in the Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union, and won their first championship, the Yates Cup in 1902. In 1912, Frank Shaughnessy was recruited as the first professional head coach. His teams won the Yates Cup during his first two seasons. In 1919, the team went undefeated and did not concede a touchdown,[3] and in 1928. The 1919 team was inducted into McGill's Hall of Fame in 2010.

McGill next won a championship in 1938. The team tied for the regular season 8–1 with Western after losing their final regular-season game to Western. The teams played off for the championship, won 9–0 by McGill, with all the scoring from kicker Herb Westman, who kicked a school record nine punt singles.[4] The Redmen would not win another title until 1960, when they won the Yates Cup, against Queen's University of Kingston, then defeated the Canada West champion Alberta Golden Bears in a challenge match for an unofficial national championship (Churchill Bowl).

In 1971, McGill joined a newly formed Quebec-only conference known as the Quebec University Athletic Association. In 1974, the three remaining Quebec teams merged with three Ontario teams in the Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference.

McGill won the ODIFC's Dunsmore Cup again for the first time 1987, along with the Montreal Shrine Bowl, Shaughnessy Cup, Robert Stanfield trophy (Atlantic Bowl champions) and the Vanier Cup (CIAU national champions). The 1987 team featured Michael Soles at running back, who went on to a lengthy playing career in the Canadian Football League. That team was coached by Charlie Baillie who took over in 1972 and served as head coach until 2000. Baillie surpassed the legendary Frank Shaughnessy's school record for wins and went on to become McGill's winningest coach. His overall record was 119–111–2.

Recent regular season results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost OTL PCT PF PA Standing Playoffs
2001 8 5 3 - 0.625 161 166 2nd in QUFL Defeated Concordia Stingers in semi-final 11–8
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 42–14[A]
2002 8 7 1 - 0.875 299 93 1st in QUFL Defeated Bishop's Gaiters in semi-final 44–0
Defeated Concordia Stingers in Dunsmore Cup 10–6
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Mitchell Bowl 22–0
2003 8 3 5 - 0.375 171 205 4th in QUFL Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 47–7
2004 8 4 4 - 0.500 162 158 4th in QUFL Lost to Montreal Carabins in semi-final 38–18
2005 8 1 7 - 0.125 120 233 6th in QUFL Out of playoffs
2006 8 4 4 - 0.500 157 168 4th in QUFL Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 52–0
2007 8 0 8 - 0.000 144 289 6th in QUFL Out of playoffs
2008 8 0 8 - 0.000 130 413 6th in QUFL Out of playoffs
2009 8 3 5 - 0.375 181 267 5th in QUFL Out of playoffs
2010 9 0 9 - 0.000 102 330 6th in QUFL Out of playoffs
2011 9 0 9 - 0.000 139 287 6th in RSEQ Out of playoffs
2012 9 3 6 - 0.333 157 294 4th in RSEQ Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 46–9
2013 8 3 5 - 0.375 220 263 5th in RSEQ Out of playoffs
2014 8 0 8 - 0.000 103 342 6th in RSEQ Out of playoffs
2015 8 3 5 - 0.375 192 249 5th in RSEQ Out of playoffs
2016 8 4 4 - 0.500 156 173 4th in RSEQ Lost to Montreal Carabins in semi-final 42–0

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^ A. McGill was later awarded the Cup by forfeit after it was discovered that Laval had used ineligible players

Head coaches[edit]

Name Years Notes
A.M. Hamilton 1908
Bill Steedman 1911
Frank Shaughnessy 1912–27 & 1932–34 First professional coach in Canadian college history;
Yates Cup in 1912, 1913 and 1919.
Lorne Montgomery 1928–29 Yates Cup in 1928
Flin Flanagan 1928
T.H. Hall 1928–29
A.A. Burridge 1928–29
D. Stuart Forbes 1930–31
Joe O'Brien 1935
Doug Kerr 1936–46 Yates Cup in 1938
Vic Obeck 1947–53
Larry Sullivan 1954–57
Bruce Coulter 1958–61 Yates Cup, national championship in 1960
Bill Bewley 1962–64 Yates Cup in 1962
Tom Mooney 1965–70 Yates Cup in 1969
John Roberts 1971
Charlie Baillie 1972–2000 National championship (Vanier Cup in 1987)
Chuck McMann 2001–2006
Sonny Wolfe 2007–11
Clint Uttley 2011–2014 Took over as interim for final three games of 2011 season; named head coach after season but resigned on September 30, 2014.
Ronald Hilaire 2015–present Appointed head coach Feb 17, 2015. Finished 2014 season as interim co-head coach.

Source: McGill.[6]

Professional football alumni[edit]

As of the end of the 2016 CFL season, two former Redmen are on CFL teams' rosters:

As of the end of the 2016 NFL season, one former Redmen is on an NFL team's roster:

The following players have also played in the CFL, but are not currently active:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hazing probe prompts McGill to cancel football". CTV News. October 19, 2005. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Spotlight Athletics:". Mcgill.ca. 2012-05-14. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  3. ^ "1919 McGill Football Team". McGill University. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1938 McGill Football team". McGill University. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.sportetudiant-stats.com/universitaire/football/classements-1.php
  6. ^ "Coach profiles". McGill University. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 

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