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Friday, January 18, 2019

3DOWN: SIX CANDIDATES FOR RIDER COACHING JOB

By: John Hodge
3DownNation.com

Chris Jones left the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Tuesday for a coaching opportunity with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. The report, first made by @CFL_News, caused a massive stir in league circles and on social media.

While there is still a lot to unpack about Jones’ departure for the NFL, the largest question now facing the Riders is who will become the team’s next head coach?

Here’s a list of six of the top candidates:

Craig Dickenson

Currently serving as the Riders’ special teams coordinator, Dickenson is the most logical candidate to become the club’s next head coach.

Dickenson has 16 years of CFL coaching experience and has spent the past three as a member of Chris Jones’ staff. He knows the organization’s existing personnel people, assistant coaches, and players.

Dickenson had an interview scheduled with B.C. during the Lions’ recent head coaching search, though Calgary defensive coordinator DeVone Claybrooks was eventually hired.

Given that it’s too late to let a new head coach hire his own staff, familiarity might be Dickenson’s greatest asset.

Paul LaPolice

The Riders desperately need a boost on the offensive side of the football and LaPolice is arguably the best available candidate to make that happen.

LaPolice served as the offensive coordinator in Saskatchewan for two seasons (2008-2009) before leaving to become the head coach of the Blue Bombers in 2010. He held that title for two-and-a-half years (2010-2012) and is currently serving as Winnipeg’s offensive coordinator (2016-present).

LaPolice has been credited for designing a quarterback-friendly offence that prioritizes ball control and balance between the air and ground attacks. He could be the perfect candidate to help spark Saskatchewan’s lethargic offence.

Jaime Elizondo

Elizondo has served as the offensive coordinator for the Ottawa Redblacks since 2016, helping lead the team to one Grey Cup victory in two appearances.

Featuring many of the same assets as LaPolice — though no head coaching experience — Elizondo may be able to provide something that Winnipeg’s offensive coordinator can’t: a starting quarterback.

Unlike Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler, Trevor Harris is a pending free agent as of February 12. Harris would be the perfect player to lead a Roughrider offence that produced just 11 passing touchdowns in 2018 (by contrast, Harris threw six touchdown passes in the East Semi-Final alone).

There’s no guarantee that Harris would follow Elizondo to Saskatchewan, but the Riders were hoping to use Chris Jones’ influence to lure Mike Reilly to Regina. Using Elizondo for a similar purpose (albeit with a different player) makes sense.

Marc Trestman

Recently fired by the Toronto Argonauts, Trestman is in need of work for the third time in five years.

While the 13-23 record he posted as the Argos’ head coach was disappointing, there’s no arguing with Trestman’s ability to win Grey Cups. Capturing two titles with Montreal (2009 and 2010) and one with Toronto (2017), Trestman has won a championship in both of his CFL stops.

Saskatchewan isn’t a long way from Trestman’s hometown of Minneapolis and there may not be many more head coaching opportunities for the 63-year-old. If the Riders can find a veteran quarterback to start for the club in 2019, Trestman would be a solid hire.

Jarious Jackson

Jackson may only have six years of coaching experience, but the former quarterback has quickly risen through the CFL’s coaching ranks.

Serving as the offensive coordinator in B.C. this past season, Jackson spent the previous four years working with Chris Jones and offensive coordinator Stephen McAdoo in Edmonton (2014-2015) and Saskatchewan (2016-2017).

Jackson served as the club’s quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator during his tenure in Saskatchewan. The passing game is what tanked following his departure for B.C., meaning Jackson would likely be a welcome re-addition in Regina.

The Riders have hired a young coach with just one year of CFL coordinator experience before — hello, Corey Chamblin — so it’s not impossible to think it could happen again.

Mike Benevides

A candidate who can serve as both the club’s head coach and defensive coordinator (as Chris Jones did) would be attractive to the Riders. Benevides, a man with 18 years of CFL coaching experience, could fill both roles.

Coming off a three-year stint with Edmonton where he served primarily as the team’s defensive coordinator, Benevides is both capable and available. It also helps that Benevides is well-liked and respected around the league.

The problem is that Benevides has been a head coach before (B.C., 2012-2014) and knows the importance of autonomy. Having the freedom to hire your own staff is paramount to success as a head coach and he won’t get that opportunity in Riderville.

https://3downnation.com/2019/01/17/six-people-who-could-be-the-next-head-coach-of-the-saskatchewan-roughriders/

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT

Welcome to Friday and the usual thoughts running through my muddled mind. As always, they are in no particular order:

- How was your week?

- Chris Jones dropped a bombshell on Rider Nation Tuesday with word he is heading to the Cleveland Browns.  The "who is going to be the quarterback" talk has certainly slowed to a trickle as the conversation revolving around Canada's team is what's next in the wake of the Jones departure.

Many want Paul LaPolice, many want Marc Trestman, the most logical choice because of the inane coaches salary cap may be current special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson who does deserve an opportunity.

At the end of the day, it will be a decision made by Jeremy O'Day.  It is highly expected O'Day will be promoted to the GM position.  What he does will obviously very important when it comes to where this team is going to go moving forward. What that person does with a staff he probably doesn't want because they are not his guys and what type of team he wants is another question.  There are a million of them out there.

- As for some other questions out there.

*Did Chris Jones bail on the Riders?   No, he didn't.  He took an opportunity that was presented to him to advance his career.  It is something everyone of us would do.  If you are going to be mad at Jones, be mad at every other Rider who has tried his luck in the NFL.  It is THE league and if you think you are good enough to be in it, you take every chance you can.

*Did Jones know about this before signing his extension?   He says no.  By all accounts, the Browns reached out to Jones on the weekend by asking the Riders permission to speak with him.  Whether or not Jones had had any previous conversations with Freddie Kitchens before that call was made was something we will never know.  If he did, I am guessing he wouldn't be the first one to have done such a thing.

*Did the move surprise me?  Yes and no.   As I said on the Sportscage this week and as I said in this column last week, I thought 2019 was the end of the line for Jones no matter what happened.  The interest was there.  What happened was something I expected, but I expected it after the season and not January 15.

*Does Craig Reynolds have to take blame for this?   Yes he does! I have a great deal of respect for Reynolds, but he has to wear this one.  That being said, when he signed Jones to that deal that shook the CFL after the Eskimos won the 2015 Grey Cup, he had no idea what the future would hold when it comes to the coaches salary cap. Had he been able to look into a crystal ball, I am sure he wouldn't have made such a grandiose move.  One person suggested the "out" in the contract extension should have been something that took effect after the 2019 season ended. That's a valid point, but I don't know if that is sound business.  While I do say Reynolds has to shoulder some of the blame, would I do it again if I were him not knowing what the future would hold.  Yup!

*What is Jones' legacy?  I think Sportscage's Derek Meyers put it the best Tuesday shortly after the news came down when he said he was "moderately successful". Jones was 27-27 as the head coach....22-14 in the last two seasons though  While the team did have growth each year in wins going from 5 to 10 to 12, the team only won one playoff game and that game was an Eastern Conference playoff game.  We can debate whether or not the Riders would have beaten Winnipeg in last year's West semi with a healthy Zach Collaros, but the bottom line is he didn't.

At the end of the day, the Riders have gone from a team that I think was ready to go to the Grey Cup to one that I think will slide no matter who the head coach is.  There is a lot of time between now and training camp, but this team has taken several steps backward in the last week.   Oh, its never dull in Riderville.

- Don't look now, but here come the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Don't tell me they haven't created some noise by first signing Adam Bighill to a three-year contract and then Stanley Bryant to a one-year deal thus avoiding free agency with both.  The Bombers think they are close and with a Western Division in a state of upheaval, they are perhaps the most stable team in the West right now.

- Darian Durant is in Saskatoon this weekend for the Rush game against Rochester.  I wonder what Doubles thinks about the goings-on with his old team.  I am guessing he is OK with the fact Jones is no longer the coach of it.   I wonder how many will ask him to trade Rush green for Rider green this weekend.  I don't realistically see that happening, but hey this is the CFL right?

- Championship Sunday in the NFL should be fantastic.  The top two teams in each conference going at it in Kansas City and New Orleans.  I can't bet against Tom Brady, and I'm not betting against Drew Brees.

- The Regina Red Sox let it be known on Sportscage that former Blue Jays outfielder Matt Stairs will be their guest speaker at their 2019 dinner in April.   While that was news enough, team president Gary Brotzel says the discussion about a new baseball facility for the city has not been put on the shelf.  Hmmmmm!!!  I think it is time Regina put Currie Field to bed much like they put Taylor Field. The city and the Red Sox deserve a new home.  It doesn't has to be splashy, but something that we can be proud of and something which be great for a baseball community which is growing.  By the way, I can't wait for opening day

- The Regina Pats have lost eight in a row going into their game against Saskatoon tonight.  That being said, John Paddock has to be credited for what I think was a tremendous job in restocking the draft cupboard.  I do not know if the Pats will have the horses to be a playoff team next year, but they will certainly be on the rise which is refreshing considering how long it took to become competitive again after the last Memorial Cup appearance.

- Talk that Michael Ferland could be an Edmonton Oiler intrigues me.  The guy is a grit guy who can score and get under your skin.  Edmonton needs that.  What will it cost them though!  I wonder if they could pry Nolan Patrick from Philly for Jesse Puljujarvi as some have recently suggested.  It would probably cost Edmonton a little more, but I would take that deal.

- Jarome Iginla will get his jersey retired by the Calgary Flames before the season is over which is more than deserving.  The same should be done with Theoren Fleury.  Those two are without a doubt the best two players in the history of that franchise with an argument that could be made saying Fleury is better.  Hopefully 14 follows 12 in short fashion.

- The "Birdbox Challenge" is just dumb.  2019 is known for that and 2018 was known for having to say don't eat dishwasher pods.  What a society we have ladies and gentlemen!

- That's all I got.  Enjoy the weekend and Championship Sunday.

(Follow Mitchell Blair on Twitter at @scruffyregina)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

CFL NOTEBOOK

Tim Maypray, who was a receiver with the Montreal Alouettes during their 2010 Grey Cup season, has died. He was 30.

Virginia Military Institute, a school where Maypray played and later served as an assistant coach, announced Thursday that Maypray had passed away Tuesday. The cause of death was not available.

VMI said Maypray spent last season as a running backs coach at Davidson College. The native of Madisonville, Ky., held the same position at his alma mater for three years.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Tim's passing,'' said VMI athletics director Dr. Dave Diles. "Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to Tim's wife, Bianca, and their children.

"I'm certain that the VMI community shares our grief and will join in support of the Maypray family during this most difficult time.''

The five-foot-nine, 185-pound Maypray spent two seasons with the Alouettes (2010-11) before playing with the Ottawa Redblacks (2014).

In his CFL debut, Maypray returned a missed field goal 125 yards - an Alouettes record - for a touchdown against Saskatchewan. In Montreal's next meeting with the Riders, Maypray took another errant field-goal attempt back 118 yards for a TD.

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos re-signed Canadian kicker/punter Hugh O'Neill on Thursday to a contract extension through the 2020 season.

O'Neill appeared in all 18 regular-season games with Edmonton last year. He posted a 45.2 punting average and 61.5-yard kickoff average in 2018.

O'Neill has appeared in 62 career games with Edmonton, Hamilton and B.C. He's made 44-of-60 field goals (73.3 per cent) and 62-of-66 converts (93.4 per cent) while averaging 44.3 yard on punts and 60.1 yards on kickoffs.

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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers re-signed offensive lineman Stanley Bryant to a one-year contract extension Thursday.

Bryant was named the CFL's top lineman for a second straight season in November.

The nine-year veteran anchored a Winnipeg offensive line that helped the Bombers lead the CFL in rushing (134.9 yards per game) and pave the way for league rushing leader Andrew Harris (1,390 yards).

Bryant is a four-time CFL all-star and has started 83 straight games. Bryant began his CFL career with Calgary and has started 138 regular-season games, eight playoff contests and appeared in two Grey Cup games, winning in 2014.

(Canadian Press)

NEUGSIE'S AROUND THE SJHL

By: Jamie Neugebauer
Voice of the N.D. Hounds

This past week has been extremely busy around the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, with the Trade Deadline last Thursday, games on the weekend, and the Showcase in Regina Monday and Tuesday. That in mind, here are my 10 things from what was an exhausting last seven days!

1. The SJHL Shows Well Again! – Another SJHL/MJHL Showcase event is in the books, after six games over two days in Regina’s Co-operators Arena, and the quality on display was once again fantastic. The Sask boys won four of the six games, taking the series for the second year in a row (and the second in the event’s existence). I could not help but be impressed by the depth of talent and tactical awareness in the SJHLers, and at the same time, they did not back down from the hard-working Manitobans. I’ve talked a lot about Justin Ball of Melfort on here, and for good reason – he is so impressive–but I have not given enough credit to his line mate Carson Albrecht, who was probably the most dominant individual SJHL forward at the event. The pair combined for four goals and eight points over the two games at the showcase…so, right where they left off from the Mustangs. Notre Dame’s skaters, Jarrett Penner, Kyle Robinson, Marshall Wilton, Jared Hamm, and Charles Martin were solid, with the big 2000-born winger Penner,conscripted to play centre, something he does not do in his day job, probably turning the most heads. I’ll talk about how magnificent Riley Kohonick was in net later on.

2. Showcase Production Fantastic (mostly) – SaskTEL did an incredible job producing the television and Facebook Live broadcasts at the Showcase, and Munz Media, led by Tanner Goetz, did an awesome job creating content based off the event! They actually gave me a microphone, and let me be in the in-arena announcer, which was a blast! I wish there were not so many technical issues, and the difficulty of finding crucial information to keep everything running smoothly was a bit tough, but what can ya do! Live and learn for next time. The Manitoba league support staff are unbelievable though, such classy individuals!

3. The Koho Show – On the ice, the guy who stood out the most for me was Notre Dame goaltender Riley Kohonick. The 2000-born White City native, who was the starter for last year’s Telus Cup winning ND Hounds midget club, and was Saskatchewan’s midget goalie of the year a season ago as well, was outstanding while making 37 often difficult stops in a 4-2 win on Tuesday morning, in the second young guns game. As the Hounds broadcaster and media guy I know how good of a person and player Riley is, but it was so satisfying to see him show a packed house in Regina. The funny part of it is that his gift as SJHL Player of the Game was a pair of hockey player gloves, which he tells me, as a goalie, is an item he did not own previously…so there you go Riley! I have all the time in the world for him.

4. MJHL Class – Saw a ton of MJHLers I liked. Hulking Selkirk Steelers forward Nate Halvorson is a handful and plays like it, while Team Canada West World Junior A challenge forward Reilly Funk out of the Portage Terriers was extremely impressive as well. Great to see Isaac Labelle, the older brother of Humboldt Broncos crash survivor Xavier, play so well! Isaac, the No. 1 goaltender for the Wayway Wolverines, earned Player of the Game honours in making 30 stops, for the Showcase’s only shutout, for Team MJHL Belfour on Tuesday. I’m sure it felt good as a Sask boy to beat a lot of guys he knew personally!

5. Interesting, If Not Busy Trade Deadline – The biggest piece to move around deadline time came three days before it, with Weyburn moving super-skilled Ferris State University committed winger Cade Kowalski to the already offensively-loaded Flin Flon Bombers, so his impact will should not be a mystery to most folks. Former Regina Pat and Prince Albert Raider George King moved Melfort from the Dauphin Kings in the Manitoba League, and should provide the Mustangs with some much-needed secondary scoring behind the aforementioned Ball, Albrecht, and Tanner Zentner. Also of interest is that while Nipawin did not add a forward, they did move a defensive-minded defender in Andrew Smiley, to the big-time selling Lloydminster Bobcats in exchange for the offensive-minded blue liner Zachary Ziegler, who is a White City, SK kid that was an affiliate player with the Hawks in the 2016-17 season while a member of the Swift Current Legionnaires of Saskatchewan midget. I am personally thrilled with Notre Dame’s add of Cody Lehner, the diminutive-yet-rock-solid former captain of last year’s Hounds midget Telus Cup championship squad from the Alberta league’s Bonnyville Pontiacs. Sneaky good add by Phil Roy and the Hounds.

6. Flin Flon Pins Hopes on Waked – Perhaps the riskiest move made at the deadline was by the Flin Flon Bombers, who dealt starting goaltender Pierce Diamond to the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League (in a three-way deal with the Estevan Bruins), and in a separate move brought in Gabriel Waked from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. True it is that Waked has that Major Junior experience, but he only appeared in eight games this year, and was not even the undisputed starter in the Quebec Junior ‘AAA’ League for the GrandbyInouk last year. Diamond, soon to turn 21 years of age, played in 24 games, and was more than respectable with a goals-against average of 2.78 and a save percentage of .915, and a record of 14-7-2. So, a lot of pressure on Waked behind a Flin Flon team absolutely going for a championship this year.

7. Yorkton's and ND’s Goaltending Carousel – Speaking of goaltending, interesting time around the deadline in Yorkton. The Terriers had made a big splash on Jan. 2 to bring Western Hockey League veteran Riley Lamb from the Weyburn Red Wings, only to see him dash off for the Swift Current Broncos days later. This put Yorkton GM Matt Hehr in a clear bind, leading him to acquire Notre Dame’s big 20-year-old Andrew Henderson, who had lost the starting job in Wilcox to Kohonick (see Thought No. 3). In a separate move, Phil Roy and the Hounds brought in 20-year-old Matt Lukacs from Estevan, whom the Bruins had not played all year. It will be interesting to see how Henderson does behind a team as geared to hunt for offence first as the Terriers are, and how Kohonick does at ND with the pressure of being the undisputed No. 1 for an extended period of time!

8. Austin King-Cunningham – The Estevan Bruins have over 1,100 PIMs through 40 games, while nobody else has even over a 1,000. They also have the Top 3 penalty minute loggers, with the hulking Austin King-Cunningham way ahead on 172. The former Vancouver Giant and Tri-City Americans defender sucker punched Notre Dame’s skilled Quebec-born forward Jakob Breault late in the two clubs’ Saturday night brawl-filled affair in Estevan’s Affinity Place, and has been suspended for the action. Not to be outdone, former Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Jayden Davis was handed a three-game suspension for a late flying elbow from behind to the head of ND defender Charles Martin! I just have to think after watching Estevan two games in a row…they would be a heck of a hockey team if they toned the goonery down just a tad, and focussed on playing. I’m also not sure if goonery is a word, but it is now.

9. Yes…It Was Me – I was told I had to post about my emergency conscription as the anthem singer in the second game at the Showcase in Regina. The music guy’s computer froze at the exact minute O Canada was supposed to play, and then he refused to sing it, so after a brief period of awkward panic, I grabbed the microphone and belted it out as best I could. I was a little rattled, and extremely hungry for lunch, so I apologize to the fans out there who had to hear it. There you go Rod, I talked about ;) Now, how do I go about getting another shot at it?

10. Punch up at the Co-op(bonus) – How about that brawl between the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan men’s hockey clubs last Saturday in Regina? It all started with an extremely late hit by a UofR player, with the Cougars down 6-1 at the time, and then escalated. You don’t see a big row like that in USports very often, but I guess if it was going to happen, then UofR vs UofS isn’t a bad guess.

(Follow Jamie on Twitter at @neugsie)

MATT STAIRS TO HEADLINE 2019 RED SOX DINNER

The Regina Red Sox are proud to announce that Matt Stairs will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Regina Red Sox Sports Dinner & Auction presented by The Water Warehouse.

Stairs, considered by many to be a Canadian baseball legend, is sponsored by 9 agents from Century 21 Dome Realty Inc.

This year’s dinner will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Turvey Centre.

Matt Stairs Career Highlights

·  Born in St. John, New Brunswick
·  Made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Montreal Expos on May 29, 1992
· Played in 1,895 games over 19 seasons
· 1,366 hits
· 265 home runs
· 717 walks
· 899 RBI
· Scored 770 runs
· 30 stolen bases
· Career batting average of .262
· Career On Base % of .356
· Won the 2008 World Series as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies

Hall of Fame

·  Inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in June 2012.
· On February 4, 2015, was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

The Regina Red Sox is a not for profit, community organization.

This yearly event is necessary to sustain the team and continue its on-field success.

(Outlaw Communications/Tony Playter)

REGINA HIGH SCHOOLS FRIDAY DAILY DISH

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

Curling:

Mixed – Pool A & B Crossovers:
Hungle (Miller) 5 Beattie (Campbell) 2
Derkson (LeBoldus) 5 Achtymichuk (O’Neill #2) 3
Duczek (O’Neill #1) 9 Cooper (Martin) 1
Klassen (Thom #2) 8 Fisowich (Johnson) 0
Voss (Riffel) 10 Olsen (O’Neill #3) 3

Basketball:

Jr. Girls – Tier 1
Campbell 73 Riffel 25

Jr. Girls – Tier 2
Greenall 59 Martin 21
Thom 62 Johnson 44

Sr. Girls – Tier 1
Campbell 60 Riffel 58

Sr. Girls – Tier 2
Regina Christian 67 Scott 18
Balfour 64 Laval 55
Greenall 56 Martin 47

Girls Wrestling
O’Neill 35 LeBoldus 10
Miller 10 LeBoldus 5
O’Neill 35 Miller 5

Boys Wrestling
O’Neill 55 LeBoldus 14
LeBoldus 29 Miller 21
O’Neill 55 Miller 10

TIGER-CATS ANNOUNCE 2019 COACHING STAFF

HAMILTON - He's a first-time head coach, but Orlondo Steinauer of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats has surrounded himself with veteran experience.

Steinauer unveiled his 2019 staff Wednesday and it features a lot of football wisdom at the co-ordinator positions. June Jones, the club's former head coach, returns as offensive co-ordinator and associate head coach while Mark Washington, the B.C. Lions' former defensive co-ordinator, assumes that position with the Ticats.

Jeff Reinebold, a 35-year coaching veteran, returns as Hamilton's special-teams co-ordinator. Reinebold was the Ticats special-teams co-ordinator/linebackers coach from 2013-16 before serving as defensive co-ordinator for the first half of the 2017 campaign.

Reinebold worked as B.C.'s special-teams co-ordinator last season.

"We're extremely pleased to be able to keep some continuity while putting together a quality group of coaches with extraordinary experience,'' Steinauer said in a statement. "The coaches will set the tone, and we're excited about the leadership and work ethic this group will bring to our football team.''

Steinauer assumed head-coaching duties this off-season after serving as Hamilton's assistant head coach in 2018. He was the Ticats' defensive co-ordinator from 2013-16 before heading to Fresno State as its defensive co-ordinator in 2017.

The remainder of the staff includes: Tommy Condell (receivers); Dennis McKnight (offensive line); Robin Ross (linebackers); Randy Melvin (defensive line); Craig Butler (defensive backs/special-teams assistant) and Jarryd Baines (assistant receivers coach/offensive quality control).

Condell, 46, returns to Hamilton after spending the last two years with the Toronto Argonauts. He was the Ticats' offensive co-ordinator/receivers coach from 2013-15.

McKnight, Baines and Butler are holdovers from Jones's staff while Ross and Melvin both worked previously with B.C.

(CP)

GLANVILLE INTERESTED IN RIDERS JOB

Photo: Sports Illustrated
Jerry Glanville is intrigued by the prospect of coaching the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Riders are in need of a head coach, defensive co-ordinator, general manager and vice-president of football operations after Chris Jones resigned Tuesday to join the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff.

Glanville, who spent 2018 as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' defensive co-ordinator but left at season's end for personal reasons, told The Canadian Press on Wednesday he's not spoken with Saskatchewan officials about the vacancies but would definitely listen if they called.

"Nobody has called me,'' Glanville said via telephone from Knoxville, Tenn.

The 77-year-old Glanville, a football lifer with more than 50 years of coaching experience (including as an NFL head coach with Houston (1985-89) and Atlanta (1990-93), said there'd be plenty to like about working in football-mad Saskatchewan.

"I think anybody that loves football has to love their fan base,'' he said. "Their fan base is second to no one.

"And by the way, they've got very good players. It's not a deal where you've got to go in and fix it. You've got to go in and keep the bus going down the road.''
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Saskatchewan improved steadily under Jones, registering five, 10 and 12 regular-season wins in each of his three seasons. Jones was named the CFL's coach of the year in 2018 after a 12-6 season but the Riders lost 23-18 to the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West Division semifinal.

Jones, a 51-year-old native of South Pittsburgh, Tenn., joined the Riders in December 2015, one week after guiding the Edmonton Eskimos to the Grey Cup as head coach.

Hamilton (8-10) finished second in the East last year. After defeating the B.C. Lions 48-8 in the conference semifinal, the Ticats dropped a 46-27 road decision to the Ottawa Redblacks in the division final.

The Ticats' defence finished third overall in fewest yards (334.3 per game) and passing yards allowed (247.7), fourth in rushing (101.6) and sixth in offensive points (23.6 per game). Hamilton linebacker Larry Dean finished tied for third overall in tackles (105) and was the East Division's top defensive player.

Glanville has appeared in movies, driven race cars and served as a television football analyst. He's rubbed elbows with such big-name entertainers as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Burt Reynolds. But make no mistake, the legendary Man in Black - a moniker given to Glanville because he wears all-black attire on the sidelines - remains a football coach, first and foremost.

When asked if he's coached his final football game, the former linebacker at Northern Michigan University said, "No, no, no. I've got a few more hellbreaks left yet.''

It was during his tenure in Houston that Glanville coined the now famous phrase, "NFL means 'not for long,''' while chewing out an official for a bad call. Glanville has also often left tickets at will call for the late Elvis Presley and rubbed many people - most notably former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll - the wrong way with his brash words and flamboyant antics.

Jones's departure created a huge hole for the Riders and left his successor with the daunting task of having to wear many hats in Regina. But that's not the least bit daunting to Glanville.

"Chris has never worn half as many hats on that I have,'' Glanville said with a chuckle. "I've never seen him in a cowboy hat.

"I'd want to find out who's been picking the players because whoever has been picking them has done a good job. What you do is look around and say, 'They've got talent so somebody has already been picking the talent now.' Now, if the guy picking the talent has left then you've got to do it.'''

Glanville politely declined comment when asked why he left Hamilton after one season. But he said having a CFL season under his belt would be very beneficial if he returned to Canada in 2019.

"I think the difference is night and day,'' he said. "Being up there is an education ... but I think everybody should be better in the second year.

"I love the league, I love the stadiums, I love the fans. It's really refreshing to go up there, it really is. I was blessed in Hamilton because we had very good football players and whatever we asked them to do they did. Nobody played harder than they did, nobody tried harder or hit better. As long as you do that, you're in the fight.''

(Canadian Press/Dan Ralph)

DUPONT: CHRIS JONES SPEAKS ON CLEVELAND DEPARTURE

24 hours after leaving the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the NFL's Cleveland Browns for a defensive coaching position, Chris Jones spoke with Darren Dupont about how the opportunity came about, and what he'll remember from Saskatchewan and the CFL:

HOW'S IT FEEL?

CJ: It's a good opportunity. A friend of mine (Freddie Kitchens) is now a head coach in the NFL so it kinda allowed me to have my opportunity so I took a run at it.

HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?

CJ: The GM (John Dorsey) had been asking a lot of questions about me and some of the things we'd done defensively over the course of the last few years. He was checking statistics and stuff and then he reached out to Marc Trestman and Marc recommended me and said we'd done some good things. Then it became apparent that when Freddie got hired, Coach (Bill) Parcells called on my behalf. So then it became evident that maybe it was pointing in that direction, and this is something I should do.

THIS STARTED BEFORE KITCHENS WAS HIRED?

CJ: Ya because they'd been reaching out. I didn't find out till recently they'd done some investigative work to see what we'd done, comparing statistics and things of that nature. When Freddie got hired, Coach Parcells called and said he'd put in a word and said he thought I had a real good shot. When I interviewed yesterday, it was a real good fit.

DID YOU THINK THIS WOULD HAPPEN AFTER SIGNING YOUR EXTENSION HERE?

CJ: You just never know. It's one of those deals where in the NFL you only get opportunities every now and then. It's not like those come around every day. That being said, when they said they wanted to interview, I didn't think it was to just come hang out and exchange general niceties. I felt at that point that I had a chance to get hired.


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WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER ABOUT SASKATCHEWAN?

CJ: Oh man I love it. First of all I love the players, the coaches, I love the staff. It's not like co-workers, it's more like family. It's a bunch of brothers out there trying to get a job done. Certainly we've got some unfinished business there and we didn't reach our goal. We've got the arrow pointed in the right direction, but we didn't quite reach everything that we wanted to reach. They've got some unfinished business but they've got some really good people to get it done.

WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER OF THE CFL?

CJ: Ya, I'll tell you what man. I'll always remember it with very fond memories. From '02 until now, there's been so many good points about the entire country and the organizations I've been with. It's been a real ride, and I'll remember it forever.

HOW DOES YOU ROLE IN COACHING CHANGE NOW?

CJ: I was talking to some of my friends last night and actually I was talking to the GM this morning. It's a different dynamic now in that you mention some thoughts and ideas and they have the choice whether to listen to them or not. For the last five years it was a case of if I came up with it, we did it. It is a little bit different dynamic but it's not something I hadn't done before. Trust me, I worked for Don Mathews for six years. There were a few ideas that were ignored! It's part of it and it gives me a chance to coach at the highest level, against NFL coaches, and see where you stack up.

WHO DID YOU CALL FIRST?

CJ: I let my family know. I called all my folks down home because they were nervous for me. I told them that when they called for the interview, I had a pretty good chance. Once I got it, I called and let everybody down home know.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

COORS LIGHT RECAP: KOOTENAY ICES PATS 4-3

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REGINA - The Regina Pats lost a tight one, 4-3 to the Kootenay ICE on Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre.

The Pats got the game's first goal early in the first period on the powerplay, Brady Pouteau picked up his second of the year to make it 1-0. The ICE tied it up with eight minutes left in the frame and it was 1-1 after one.

In the second, the Pats powerplay gave them the lead back at 1:58. Sebastian Streu scored from the left circle, his fifth, and it was 2-1. Once again, the ICE tied it on the powerplay and then Valtteri Kakkonen gave them their first lead at 3-2 and Kootenay took that lead to the intermission.

Early in the third, the ICE took a two-goal lead thanks to Davis Murray. Regina got back to within one on a beauty goal from Duncan Pierce at 6:11, his sixth and it was 4-3. The Pats pressed for a tying goal, outshooting Kootenay 12-5 in the third but could not find a fourth marker and fell 4-3.

The Pats outshot the ICE 29-22. The powerplay was 2/9 and the penalty kill was 4/5. Sebastian Streu and Nikita Sedov led the offence with two-point nights, while Dean McNabb made 18 saves.

Quick Hits
- Brady Pouteau has points in three straight games, two goals and two assists in that stretch.
- Sebastian Streu has goals in three straight contests.
- Duncan Pierce extended his point streak to three games, has two goals and two assists in that span.

What’s Next? 
The Pats (12-31-1-1) are back at it on Friday in Saskatoon at 7 p.m. against the Blades on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Saturday against Saskatoon at the Brandt Centre at 7 o’clock. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

STATEMENT


- After 20 seasons as Voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on CKRM Radio, I am announcing my resignation effective immediately in order to pursue another professional opportunity! I'll be revealing that news in the near future. In the meantime I'd like to thank Harvard Broadcasting, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Regina Pats for the opportunities they've afforded me since I came to Regina in 1995. Most of all, I'd like to thank the people of Saskatchewan, our listeners. Go Riders!

RP
@rodpedersen

REGINA HIGH SCHOOLS THURSDAY DAILY DISH

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

Curling:
Popp (Luther) 5 Bellam (Thom #1) 4

Basketball:

Jr. Boys – Tier 1
Campbell 98 Sheldon 36
Martin 75 Miller 53
Knoll 76 O’Neill 55
LeBoldus 77 Balfour 74

Jr. Boys – Tier 2
Regina Christian 46 Lumsden 12
Johnson 72 Greenall 47

Sr. Boys – Tier 1
Campbell 91 Sheldon 41
Miller 86 Martin 60
Knoll 85 O’Neill 52
LeBoldus 86 Balfour 56

Sr. Boys – Tier 2
Harvest City 100 Scott 51
Regina Christian 76 Lumsden 49
Johnson 65 Greenall 28

Exhibition Basketball:
Sr. Girls – Luther 49 Yorkton 35
Sr. Boys – Luther 86 Yorkton 67

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

Curling – all games are at the Callie at 4:00 p.m.

Note:  End of the Regular Season for All Leagues

Mixed – Pool A & B Crossovers:
Hungle (Miller) vs. Beattie (Campbell)
Achtymichuk (O’Neill #2) vs. Derkson (LeBoldus)
Cooper (Martin) vs. Duczek (O’Neill #1)
Fisowich (Johnson) vs. Klassen (Thom #2)
Voss (Riffel) vs. Olsen (O’Neill #3)

Basketball - all Jr. at 6:15 p.m. and Sr. at 8:00 p.m. unless noted

Jr. Girls – Tier 1
Riffel at Campbell

Jr. Girls – Tier 2
Lumsden at Balfour
Greenall at Martin
Thom at Johnson 6:30 p.m.

Sr. Girls – Tier 1
Riffel at Campbell

Sr. Girls – Tier 2
Scott at Regina Christian 4:30 p.m.
Laval at Balfour
Greenall at Martin

Wrestling – Girls and Boys: (6:00 p.m. at Miller)
LeBoldus vs. O’Neill
Miller vs. LeBoldus
Miller vs. O’Neill

JONES LEAVING RIDERS

REGINA - Saskatchewan Roughriders coach/GM Chris Jones is leaving the CFL team to take a coaching job with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

The move comes one week after Jones signed a one-year extension with the Roughriders, taking him through the 2020 season.

However, the deal reportedly contained an out clause if Jones landed an NFL job.

"We are proud of what Chris came in and accomplished through his three seasons as general manager and head coach,'' Riders president and CEO Craig Reynolds said in a statement. "His work obviously didn't go unnoticed and we congratulate him on his opportunity in the National Football League and thank him for his contribution to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.''

1881 Scarth St, Regina 306-789-0011
Jones signed his extension with the Roughriders after Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported at least two NFL teams had "done extensive research'' on the veteran CFL coach.

New Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens does have a connection with Jones. The latter was a graduate assistant with the Alabama Crimson Tide during Kitchens's final year as a quarterback with the NCAA team in 1997.

Jones, a 51-year-old native of South Pittsburgh, Tenn., joined the Roughriders in December 2015, one week after guiding the Edmonton Eskimos to the Grey Cup as head coach.

The Riders steadily improved under Jones, registering five, 10 and 12 regular-season wins in each of his three seasons with the franchise. He was named CFL coach of the year in 2018 after a 12-6 season, but the Roughriders lost the West Division semifinal against the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Jones came to the CFL in 2002, taking a job as defensive line coach of the Montreal Alouettes. He moved up to defensive co-ordinator the following year and stayed in that role until taking the same job with the Calgary Stampeders in 2008.

The Toronto Argonauts hired Jones as defensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach in 2012. He stayed there for two years before becoming head coach of the Eskimos in 2014.

Jones has won four Grey Cups as a coach.
The Roughriders will become the fourth CFL team with a new head coach for the 2019 season. Corey Chamblin of the Argos, DeVone Claybrooks of the B.C. Lions and Orlondo Steinauer of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are the others.

The Roughriders did sign assistant vice-president of football operations Jeremy O'Day through 2020 earlier this month. Paul Jones joined the organization as the assistant GM with a two-year deal while director of football administration Mike Davis and football operations co-ordinator Jordan Greenly also both return.

"We are fortunate to have many quality football leaders and coaches on our staff,'' Reynolds said. "We will evaluate and will look to fill the vacancy quickly.''

(RP.com Wire Services)

BOMBERS RE-SIGN BIGGIE

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed star linebacker Adam Bighill to a three-year extension.

Bighill, who could have become a free agent next month, was named the CFL's most outstanding defensive player for the second time in his career in 2018.

"Things just came together quickly,'' Bighill said. "This is a great fit for me and that's why we signed a month in advance of free agency.''

Bighill recorded 105 tackles while adding four sacks, four tackles for a loss, a fumble recovery, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and a league-leading four forced fumbles. His 127 defensive plays were the third-most in the league last season.

The 30-year-old native of Montesano, Wash., joined the Bombers last year after one season with the New Orleans Saints.

Prior to his NFL campaign, the five-time CFL all-star played with the B.C. Lions from 2011 to 2016.

The Bombers also announced that Bighill will work for Wellington-Altus Private Wealth in the off-season as an investment adviser. Top Manitoba curler Jennifer Jones also has worked for the company.

"I wanted to start transitioning a little bit more to another career as I move towards the back end of my (football) career,'' Bighill said. "This will give me an opportunity to do that here in Winnipeg.''

Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters was happy to get the deal done.

"It was pretty well documented that going into this off-season, re-signing Adam was a very big priority for us,'' said Walters. "We were able to get discussions going and once we did, things moved well and I think both sides are comfortable with the agreement and excited about the future. Adam is a heck of a football player, a great leader, and we're thrilled to keep him in Winnipeg.''

(CP)