McGill Redmen football
|Athletic director||Drew Love|
|Head coach||Ronald Hilaire|
|1 year, –|
|Other staff||Benoit Groulx (OC)
Ronald Hilaire (DC)
|Home stadium||Percival Molson Memorial Stadium|
|Conference||RSEQ (2010 – present)|
|Past associations||CRFU (1898–1914, 1919–1939, 1946–1970)
|Mitchell Bowl Championships||3
1958, 1960, 1973
|Atlantic Bowl Championships||2
1902, 1906, 1912, 1913,
1919, 1928, 1938, 1960,
1987, 2001, 2002
|Hec Crighton winners||1
|Colours||Red and White and Black
The McGill Redmen football team 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. 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.
In 1874, McGill and Harvard met in the first North American style football game. 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, 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. 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
|2001||8||5||3||-||0.625||161||166||2nd in QUFL|
|2002||8||7||1||-||0.875||299||93||1st in QUFL|
|2003||8||3||5||-||0.375||171||205||4th in QUFL|
|2004||8||4||4||-||0.500||162||158||4th in QUFL|
|2005||8||1||7||-||0.125||120||233||6th in QUFL|
|2006||7||3||4||-||0.429||151||168||4th in QUFL|
|2007||8||0||8||-||0.000||144||289||6th in QUFL|
|2008||8||0||8||-||0.000||130||413||6th in QUFL|
|2009||8||3||5||-||0.375||181||267||5th in QUFL|
|2010||9||0||9||-||0.000||102||330||6th in QUFL|
|2011||9||0||9||-||0.000||139||287||6th in RSEQ|
|2012||9||3||6||-||0.333||157||294||4th in RSEQ|
|2013||8||3||5||-||0.375||220||263||5th in RSEQ|
|2014||8||0||8||-||0.000||103||342||6th in RSEQ|
Recent playoff results
- 2001 Defeated Concordia Stingers in semi-final 11–8
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 42–14 but was later awarded the Cup by forfeit after it was discovered that Laval had used ineligible players
- 2002 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 Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 47–7
- 2004 Defeated Montreal Carabins in semi-final 38–18
- 2005 Out of playoffs
- 2006 Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 52–0
- 2007 Out of playoffs
- 2008 Out of playoffs
- 2009 Out of playoffs
- 2010 Out of playoffs
- 2011 Out of playoffs
- 2012 Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 46–9
- 2013 Out of playoffs
- 2014 Out of playoffs
|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|
|D. Stuart Forbes||1930–31|
|Doug Kerr||1936–46||Yates Cup in 1938|
|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|
|Charlie Baillie||1972–2000||National championship (Vanier Cup in 1987)|
|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–||Appointed head coach Feb 17, 2015. Finished 2014 season as interim co-head coach.|
Professional football alumni
As of the start of the 2015 CFL season, two former Redmen are on CFL teams' rosters:
- Jesse Briggs – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Randy Chevrier – Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders
As of the end of the 2014 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:
- Jean-Nicolas Carrière – Toronto Argonauts
- Ryan Coughlin – Montreal Alouettes
- J. P. Darche – Toronto Argonauts, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs
- Erik Galas – Montreal Alouettes
- Greg Hetherington – Calgary Stampeders, BC Lions
- John Macdonald – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Christian Masotti – Edmonton Eskimos
- Jim Miller – Montreal Alouettes
- Joe Poirier – Ottawa Rough Riders
- Hector Pothier – Edmonton Eskimos
- Silver Quilty – Ottawa Rough Riders
- Val St. Germain – Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa Renegades, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Michael Soles – Edmonton Eskimos, Montreal Alouettes
- George Springate – Montreal Alouettes
- Gene Robillard – BC Lions
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