U Sports football

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FormerlyCIAU football, CIS football
Sport Canadian football
Founded1961
No. of teams27, in four conferences
CountryCanada
Most recent
champion(s)
Calgary Dinos
Most titles Laval Rouge et Or (10)
TV partner(s) CBC Sports (in English)
TVA Sports (in French)
Related
competitions
Vanier Cup
Official website usports.ca/en/sports/football/m OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

U Sports football is the highest level of amateur play of Canadian football and operates under the auspices of U Sports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport). Twenty-seven teams from Canadian universities are divided into four athletic conferences, drawing from the four regional associations of U Sports: Canada West Universities Athletic Association, Ontario University Athletics, Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, and Atlantic University Sport. At the end of every season, the champions of each conference advance to semifinal bowl games; the winners of these meet in the Vanier Cup national championship.

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The origins of North American football can be traced here, where the first documented game was played at University College at the University of Toronto in 1861. A number of U Sports programs have been in existence since the origins of the sport. It is from these Canadian universities that the game now known as Canadian football began. In 1874, McGill University (Montreal) challenged Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) to a series of games.

The Grey Cup, the championship trophy of the professional Canadian Football League (CFL) since its founding in the 1950s, was originally contested by teams from the University of Toronto and Queen's University and other amateur teams since 1909. Many U Sports players have gone on to professional careers in the CFL and elsewhere; a number are drafted annually in the Canadian College Draft. In 2019, there were a record 208 U Sports alumni on CFL rosters, including at least one player from each of the 27 football programs. [1]

Season structure

Regular season

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The Calgary Dinos playing against the Alberta Golden Bears in 2006.

The regular season is nine to ten weeks long, depending on the conference, and, as of 2019, opens on the weekend before the Labour Day weekend. Teams play eight regular season games and regular season games are in-conference with exhibition (pre-season) games being played between conferences. Throughout the season, there are featured homecoming and rivalry games in most regions. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Hec Crighton Trophy is awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player of U Sports football.

Playoffs

After the regular season, single elimination playoff games are held between the top teams in each conference to determine conference champions. In the Atlantic conference, the top three teams qualify for the playoffs with the first place team receiving a bye. In the Canada West and Quebec conferences, the top four teams qualify for the playoffs. In Ontario, the top six teams qualify with the top two teams receiving playoff byes to the next round. Because the OUA teams have conference playoffs that last three weeks instead of two, the first round of the post-season in the OUA occurs during the same week that each of the other three conferences are playing their last regular season games. Each conference has its own championship trophy; the Hardy Trophy in the West, the Yates Cup in Ontario, the Dunsmore Cup in Quebec and the Jewett Trophy in the Atlantic conference. The conference champions proceed to national semifinal bowl games: the Mitchell Bowl and the Uteck Bowl. The participant conferences of each bowl are determined several years in advance on a rotating basis.

The Laval Rouge et Or on offence against the McMaster Marauders in the second quarter of the 47th Vanier Cup. 47th Vanier Cup.jpg
The Laval Rouge et Or on offence against the McMaster Marauders in the second quarter of the 47th Vanier Cup.

Vanier Cup

The winners of each bowl game meet in the Vanier Cup national championship, first established in 1965 and named in honour of Governor General Georges Vanier. The game was held in Toronto every year through 2003 when host conference bids were first accepted, yielding a move to Hamilton for 2004 and 2005, followed by Saskatoon in 2006. Quebec City, Vancouver, and Montreal have since hosted Vanier Cup games.

Expansion

There have been efforts at establishing new varsity football programs at institutions that currently do not have teams. A group of alumni from Carleton University in Ottawa successfully revived that school's program which returned in 2013. The team is a member of the Ontario University Athletics conference of U Sports, returning football to Carleton University after a 15-year absence. [2]

Because the AUS is the smallest conference in U Sports, there has been talk of adding more teams there, as well. There has been interest expressed in starting a team at the Université de Moncton, due to the recent construction of Moncton Stadium. [3] As of May 2011, the athletics department submitted a feasibility report to the school's president and are going to base a large part of their decision upon how the Uteck Bowl in 2011 is received by the fans in Moncton. [4] Additionally, a club team league, the Atlantic Football League, features four universities in what some hope will lead to varsity teams featured at some of these schools. [5] [6]

Following their successful application to become full-members of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association, the UBC Okanagan Heat are investigating the feasibility of starting their own football program, likely to be partnered with the existing CJFL's Okanagan Sun. [7] UBCO would host the Sun in much the same way that the University of Regina was paired with the Prairie Football Conference's Regina Rams.

The University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières were also exploring the possibility of adding a football program with the launch planned for the 2017 season. [8] The program would have been similar to Carleton University's in that there would be private funding from football alumni, but operated by shareholders. [9] As of April 2015, $800,000 of the required $3 million had been raised in support of the varsity sport at UQTR. [10] The capacity of the football stadium would then be increased from 2000 to 6270 seats. [9] The UQTR Patriotes previously fielded a senior varsity team from 1971 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979. [11] [12]

Proposed interconference consortium

In February 2015, businessman David Dube (an alumnus and supporter of the Saskatchewan Huskies) and Jim Mullin announced a proposal for a consortium known as the "Northern 8", which would organize interconference games between its member schools. Dube felt that this plan could help improve the prominence of CIS football on a national basis outside of the post-season (which, as of the 2014 season, was the only period of the season that featured nationally televised CIS games), as it would allow a nationally televised package of regular season games to be sold to a major broadcaster. The Northern 8 would be structured as a non-profit corporation, and would subsidize production costs for its telecasts: profits would be distributed to non-member schools. It would start with 8 teams, but could expand to 10 in the future. The Canada West conference backed the proposal. The OUA, RSEQ and AUS showed concerns for the plan due to travel costs and its effects on standings and rejected the plan. [13] [14]

Teams

Canada West Football Conference
Hardy Trophy
InstitutionTeamCityProvinceFirst seasonHead coachEnrollmentEndowmentFootball stadiumCapacityHardy TrophiesVanier Cups
University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Vancouver BC 1923 Blake Nill 49,166$1.3B Thunderbird Stadium 3,500164
University of Calgary Dinos Calgary AB 1964 Wayne Harris Jr. 30,900$790.6M McMahon Stadium 35,650185
University of Alberta Golden Bears Edmonton AB 1910 Chris Morris 39,312$1.0B Foote Field 3,500183
University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saskatoon SK 1912 Scott Flory 21,168$214M Griffiths Stadium 6,171203
University of Regina Rams Regina SK 1999Mark McConkey12,270$25.9M Mosaic Stadium 33,35010
University of Manitoba Bisons Winnipeg MB 1920 Brian Dobie 28,335$424M IG Field 33,422123
Ontario University Athletics
Yates Cup
InstitutionTeamCityProvinceFirst seasonHead coachEnrollmentEndowmentFootball stadiumCapacityYates CupsVanier Cups
University of Windsor Lancers Windsor ON 1968Jean-Paul Circelli13,610$110.8M South Campus Stadium 2,00010
University of Western Ontario Mustangs London ON 1929 Greg Marshall 35,952$685M TD Stadium 8,000327
University of Waterloo Warriors Waterloo ON 1957 Chris Bertoia 31,362$311.2M Warrior Field 5,20020
Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks Waterloo ON 1961 Michael Faulds 20,151$71.6M University Stadium 6,00072
University of Guelph Gryphons Guelph ON 1950Ryan Sheahan27,048$308.9M Alumni Stadium 4,10041
McMaster University Marauders Hamilton ON 1901 Stefan Ptaszek 29,411$609M Ron Joyce Stadium 6,00081
University of Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto ON 1877 Greg Marshall 73,185$1.88B Varsity Stadium 5,000252
York University Lions Toronto ON 1969 Warren Craney 55,000$439M York Lions Stadium 4,00000
Queen's University Gaels Kingston ON 1882Steve Snyder24,582$1.04B Richardson Stadium 8,000234
University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa ON 1881 Marcel Bellefeuille 42,587$233.9M Gee-Gees Field 4,15242
Carleton University Ravens Ottawa ON 1945 Steve Sumarah 31,202$270.6M MNP Park 3,50000
Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec
Dunsmore Cup
InstitutionTeamCityProvinceFirst seasonHead coachEnrollmentEndowmentFootball stadiumCapacityDunsmore CupsVanier Cups
Concordia University Stingers Montreal QC 1974Brad Collinson38,809$136.7M Concordia Stadium 4,00030
Université de Montréal Carabins Montreal QC 2002Marco Ladeluca55,540$276.5M CEPSUM 5,10031
McGill University Redbirds Montreal QC 1898 Ronald Hilaire 39,497$1.45B Molson Stadium 23,42031
Université Laval Rouge et Or Quebec City QC 1996 Glen Constantin 37,591$108.3M Stade Telus 12,8171510
Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or Sherbrooke QC 1971Mathieu Lecompte35,000--- Stade de l'Université de Sherbrooke 3,35900
Atlantic University Football Conference
Jewett Trophy
InstitutionTeamCityProvinceFirst seasonHead coachEnrollmentEndowmentFootball stadiumCapacityJewett TrophiesVanier Cups
Bishop's University Gaiters Sherbrooke QC 1884Chérif Nicolas1,817$32.5M Coulter Field 2,20000
Mount Allison University Mounties Sackville NB 1955Peter Fraser2,694$110M MacAulay Field 2,50060
Acadia University Axemen Wolfville NS 1957 Jeff Cummins 4,358$96M Raymond Field 3,000152
Saint Mary's University Huskies Halifax NS 1956James Colzie III7,586$52.9M Huskies Stadium 2,000243
Saint Francis Xavier University X-Men Antigonish NS 1954 Gary Waterman 5,158$100M StFX Stadium 1,100131

Awards and the annual All-Canadian Team

There are post-season awards for on-the-field excellence. The players deemed to be the best at each position are named to the annual All-Canadian Football Team as first or second team players.

Additionally there are a number of individual awards for categories like "best defensive player".

Professional advancement

U Sports players in the CFL

Many players from U Sports football have become professional athletes with most of them playing in the Canadian Football League. Opening Day of the 2015 CFL season saw a record 199 U Sports football players on rosters around the League. [15] The most recent CFL season, 2019, featured 208 former U Sports football players on CFL teams' rosters on opening day. [1]

CFL Draft

The following is a list of recent numbers from the CFL Draft, which is an annual eight-round event with a current maximum of 74 players drafted. From 1997 to 2012 the CFL Draft had six rounds of selections and from 2013 to 2015 it had seven rounds. From 2002 to 2005, the CFL had nine teams, then reverted to eight teams from 2006 to 2013, and then was back to its current number of nine teams in 2014. The high-water mark of 59 players from the U Sports drafted was recorded in the 2014 CFL Draft, which was the most since 1978.

YearPicksU Picks1st RndHighestPositionSchool
2005 53335 Miguel Robede DE Laval Rouge et Or
2006 50265 Jay Pottinger LB McMaster Marauders
2007 47315 Chris Bauman WR Regina Rams
2008 48334 Dylan Barker DB Saskatchewan Huskies
2009 48387 Simeon Rottier OT Alberta Golden Bears
2010 47364 Shomari Williams LB Queen's Gaels
2011 47344 Henoc Muamba LB St. Francis Xavier X-Men
2012 45243 Ben Heenan OL Saskatchewan Huskies
2013 60444 Linden Gaydosh DT Calgary Dinos
2014 65598 Pierre Lavertu OL Laval Rouge et Or
2015 62447 Sukh Chungh OL Calgary Dinos
2016 70534 Philippe Gagnon OL Laval Rouge et Or
2017 71566 Daniel Vandervoort WR McMaster Marauders
2018 69564 Mark Korte OL Alberta Golden Bears
2019 73522 Jesse Gibbon OL Waterloo Warriors
2020 73574 Coulter Woodmansey OL Guelph Gryphons
2021 54314 Nelson Lokombo DB Saskatchewan Huskies

U Sports players in the NFL

As of 2019, U Sports had produced 36 players who have earned a spot on an NFL roster (including four who did not play a regular season game; players listed in chronological order by entry year in NFL):

NFL Draft

There have been 12 U Sports players drafted into the National Football League with David Onyemata being the most recent. [18]

YearRoundPickNFL TeamPlayerPositionSchool
1976 8234 Washington Redskins Brian Fryer WR Alberta Golden Bears
1979 11280 Baltimore Colts John Priestner LB Western Mustangs
1982 12333 Cincinnati Bengals Dan Feraday QB Toronto Varsity Blues
1986 123 Los Angeles Rams Mike Schad OG Queen's Golden Gaels
1992 9239 Phoenix Cardinals Tyrone Williams WR Western Mustangs
1995 7237 San Diego Chargers Mark Montreuil CB Concordia Stingers
1998 232 Indianapolis Colts Jerome Pathon WR Acadia Axemen
2001 7241 Jacksonville Jaguars Randy Chevrier DE McGill Redmen [lower-alpha 1]
2009 4113 San Diego Chargers Vaughn Martin DE Western Mustangs
2012 389 New Orleans Saints Akiem Hicks DE Regina Rams
2014 6200 Kansas City Chiefs Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT McGill Redmen [lower-alpha 1]
2016 4120 New Orleans Saints David Onyemata DL Manitoba Bisons
  1. 1 2 Nicknamed Redbirds since November 2020.

See also

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Regina Rams

The Regina Rams represent the University of Regina, located in Regina, Saskatchewan in the sport of Canadian football in U Sports. The Rams joined U Sports in 1999 and have competed in the Canada West Conference since then. The program has won one U Sports football conference championship, in 2000, and the team has made one appearance in the Vanier Cup championship game.

Carleton Ravens

The Carleton Ravens are the athletic teams that represent Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. The most notable sports team for Carleton is the men's basketball team. In men's basketball, the Ravens have won 15 of the last 18 national men's championships, which is more than any top division college in Canada or the United States. The Ravens went on an 87-game winning streak from 2003 to 2006. They also had a 54-game home winning streak. The Ravens finished 2nd in the World University Basketball Championships in 2004.

The 2008 CIS football season began on August 23, 2008, and concluded with the 44th Vanier Cup national championship on November 22 at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, with the Laval Rouge et Or winning their fifth championship. Twenty-seven universities across Canada compete in CIS football, the highest level of amateur play in Canadian football, under the auspices of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

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Shomari Gyasi Williams is the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the UBC Thunderbirds of U Sports football. He is a former professional Canadian football defensive end who played in parts of six seasons in the Canadian Football League. He was drafted first overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2010 CFL Draft after Saskatchewan traded up to be in a position to draft him. Williams played one season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before being traded back to Saskatchewan. He played college football for the Queen's Golden Gaels and the Houston Cougars.

Manitoba Bisons football

The Manitoba Bisons football team represents the University of Manitoba in the sport of Canadian football in U Sports. The program was the first of four U Sports football teams to have won back-to-back Vanier Cup championships, having won in 1969 and 1970. In total, the Bisons have won three Vanier Cup national championships and 11 Hardy Trophy conference championships. The Bisons are led by head coach, Brian Dobie, who has been the head coach since 1996.

Ottawa Gee-Gees football

The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees football team represents the University of Ottawa in the sport of Canadian football. The Gee-Gees compete in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference of U Sports. Football at the University of Ottawa began in 1881, it was one of the first established football programs in Canada.

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U Sports East–West Bowl Annual Canadian football game

The U SPORTS East–West Bowl is an annual preseason Canadian university football all-star game which showcases the top U SPORTS football prospects in the country who will be eligible for the following year's CFL Draft. The East–West Bowl is organized by the Canadian University Football Coaches Association (CUFCA) with the support of the CFL. It brings together over 90 of the top U SPORTS football players for a week of practices and evaluation, culminating with the annual all-star game. A national committee of U SPORTS head coaches selects the participants from a pool of players nominated by their respective universities. Players who are generally in their third year of eligibility are the prime candidates for nomination. Every U SPORTS football program is represented by a minimum of three and a maximum of four players who will be eligible for the CFL draft the following year. Each school submits a list of six players they nominate. A committee of U SPORTS coaches and CFL representatives review the nominations and determine who gets invited.

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Laval Rouge et Or football Canadian university football team

The Laval Rouge et Or football team represents Laval University in Quebec City in the sport of Canadian football in U Sports. The program began its first regular season in 1996 and has quickly become one of the most successful programs in Canadian collegiate football history. The Rouge et Or have won a record ten Vanier Cup championships and their most recent victory occurred at the 54th Vanier Cup in 2018. They are also the only program to have played in four straight Vanier Cups and have a record of 10–2 in Vanier Cup games. The Rouge et Or have also won the Dunsmore Cup 15 times since 1999, demonstrating their historical dominance in their conference.

Bishops Gaiters football University Canadian football team

The Bishop's Gaiters football team represents Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec in the sport of Canadian football in the Atlantic University Sport conference of U Sports. The Bishop's Gaiters football program can trace its roots back to 1884 and has fielded teams in every decade since then. The program is one of six currently playing U Sports football that has not made a Vanier Cup appearance. However, it is the only program to have appeared in three of the four current conference championship games, with two Yates Cup games played, nine Dunsmore Cup games, and one Loney Bowl game. The program has four conference championships, all Dunsmore Cup wins, with victories in 1986, 1988, 1990, and 1994.

UBC Thunderbirds football University Canadian football team

The UBC Thunderbirds football team represents the University of British Columbia athletics teams in U Sports and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The program has won the CWUAA Hardy Trophy conference championship 16 times, which is third all-time among competing teams. On a national level, the team has won the Vanier Cup championship four times, in 1982, 1986, 1997 and, most recently, in 2015. The team has also lost twice in the title game, in 1978 and 1987. The Thunderbirds program has also yielded three Hec Crighton Trophy winners: Jordan Gagner in 1987, Mark Nohra in 1997, and, most recently, Billy Greene in 2011.

St. Francis Xavier X-Men football University Canadian football team

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Western Mustangs football

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