In what's almost become an annual tradition the Saskatchewan Roughriders have locked up their General Manager for a few more years.
The Green and White announced Wednesday that they've agreed to terms on an extension with GM Brendan Taman that will see him stay in Riderville through the 2017 season. The new deal brings Taman in line with his Head Coach Corey Chamblin who was also extended through 2017 earlier this off-season.
Ryan Smith could only blush at the comparisons.
Smith followed Weston Dressler's high school and collegiate career in North Dakota as well as his accomplishments with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
And it's hard not to see the comprables. 5'7, 175lbs, born and raised in North Dakota, fast, ellusive, and can catch a football. Outside the obvious professional accomplishments, the only difference appears to be their school.
If starters were what the Roughriders were looking for in Florida, they found it.
"I told the guys, one or two of you guys may start right out of the gate. The other ones may start through injuries but I think there are some starters there," exclaimed Head Coach Corey Chamblin after the final workout.
57 players made up the roster and almost half of them could be seen at main camp in Saskatoon at the beginning of June.
Chamblin is happy with the talent management has found.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are now done the first of two days on the field for their Florida mini camp.
"You know I thought it was pretty good," said Head Coach Corey Chamblin after seeing the talent for the first time.
"Some of these guys had to knock the rust off and, well, the coaches needed to knock some rust off. There is some talent there and there are some guys who made some strides and I'm pleased with what I saw for the first practice.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be without their leader for this weekend's mini-camp in Bradenton, Florida.
The team says quarterback Darian Durant is sick so will not be participating in the camp.
Durant wasn't expected to do too much work for the camp that will see the Riders evaluate their new faces, negotiation list players and some potential free agents.
The on-field portion of the camp begins at 9am EST on Saturday morning and will wrap up on Sunday morning.
The team is bringing roughly 60 players to the camp at the IMG Academy.
With Kory Sheets off to try his hand in the NFL the Saskatchewan Roughriders have brought in two new running backs to vie for his old job.
The team announced Thursday morning that imports Clifton Smith and Keith Toston have signed deals with Saskatchewan.
The "celebration in Rider nation" is getting some nation-wide post-game recognition.
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance has announced the 2014 Prestige Award for Sport Event of the Year has been given to the 101st Grey Cup Festival.
A news release from Tourism Regina trumpeted the award as a vindication for the people who spent years putting it together.
As the mid-day mark passed on Tuesday Saskatchewanians were left combing through a morning's worth of April Fools' Day pranks.
The building of the 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders is about to the begin.
On Friday, the team will open mini-camp in Bradenton, Florida. Unlike last year this camp will be very different as the team itself will be very different. Flashback 365 days and the Riders had gone shopping all off-season to load up in hopes of winning the 101st Grey Cup on home turf.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will keep taking training camp on the road for at least the next couple of years.
The team confirmed Monday that it has signed a two-year deal with the University of Saskatchewan to hold their camp in Saskatoon through the 2015 season. Players will train at Griffith's Stadium, with on-field workouts starting Sunday, June 1. The camp will run until June 13, leading up to the team's first home preseason game in Regina against the Ottawa RedBlacks.