Regina Rams

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]

Regina Rams
First season1954
Athletic directorLisa Robertson
Head coachStephen Bryce
4th year, 14180  (.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 record74931 (.443)
Postseason record714 (.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
ColoursGreen and Gold
         
OutfitterNike
RivalsSaskatchewan Huskies
Websitereginarams.com

Club history

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

SeasonGamesWonLostOTLPCTPFPAStandingPlayoffs
1999808-0.0001213096th in CWOut of Playoffs
2000844-0.5002182813rd in CWDefeated 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
2001853-0.6252782082nd in CWDefeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 58–31
Lost to Manitoba Bisons in Hardy Cup 23–17
200285300.6251691533rd in CWDefeated Calgary Dinos in semi-final 39–17
Lost to Saskatchewan Huskies in Hardy Cup 44–28
200384310.5632482463rd in CWLost to Simon Fraser Clan in semi-final 53–46
200480800.0001162687th in CWOut of Playoffs
200583500.3751882765th in CWOut of Playoffs
200684400.5002782564th in CWLost to Manitoba Bisons in semi-final 44–29
2007862-0.7502571952nd in CWDefeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 19–13
Lost to Manitoba Bisons in Hardy Cup 48–5
2008853-0.2501631793rd in CWLost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 24–17
2009835-0.3751742244th in CWLost to Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 53–23
2010853-0.6252811813rd in CWLost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 40–33
2011853-0.6251231543rd in CWLost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 16–4
2012862-0.7502141602nd in CWDefeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 31–9
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 38–14
2013826-0.2502242795th in CWOut of Playoffs
2014835-0.3752392944th in CWLost to Calgary Dinos in semi-final 56–0
2015808-0.0001773396th in CWOut of Playoffs
2016862-0.7502772181st in CWLost to UBC Thunderbirds in semi-final 40-34
2017844-0.5002592833rd in CWLost to UBC Thunderbirds in semi-final 28-21
2018817*-0.1251072176th in CWOut of Playoffs
2019835-0.3752111895th in CWOut 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

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

  1. "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
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