Regina Rams

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Regina Rams
Regina Rams Logo.jpg
Regina Rams logo
First season 1954
Athletic director Tanya Reynoldson
Head coach Stephen Bryce
First year, 6–2–0  (.750)
Other Staff Mark McConkey (OC)
Sheldon Gray (DC)
Home Stadium Mosaic Stadium
Year built 2016
Stadium capacity 33,000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Regina, Saskatchewan
League U Sports
Conference CWUAA (1999 – present)
Past associations MSJFL (1954–1975)
CJFL (1976–1998)
All-time record 66–77–1 (.462)
Postseason record 7–13 (.350)
Tournaments
Vanier Cups 0
Atlantic Bowls 1
2000
Canadian Bowls 15
1966, 1970, 1971, 1973,
1975, 1976, 1980, 1981,
1986, 1987, 1993, 1994,
1995, 1997, 1998
Hardy Cups 1
2000
Hec Crighton winners 1
Current uniform
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Colours Green and Gold
         
Outfitter Nike
Rivals Saskatchewan Huskies
Website reginarams.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 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 3 5 - 0.375 147 198 4th 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

[7][8]

Regina Rams in the professional ranks[edit]

As of the end of the 2016 CFL season, five former Rams players are on CFL teams' rosters:

As of end of the 2016 NFL season, four former Rams players are on NFL teams' active rosters:

[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://www.reginarams.com/history.html 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. [dead link]
  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 7 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "It's like a 'major league' venue: Test run of new Mosaic Stadium wins praise". CBC News. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  7. ^ http://www.canadawest.org/football/fb_History.pdf Canada West Football History
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-01.  Canada West Football
  9. ^ http://www.canadawest.org/custompages/Football/YIR/fb_ProList.pdf Canada West Football 2010 CFL/NFL Players
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