In yesterday’s NCAA National Playoff Championship between Ohio State and Oregon, it’s safe to say there are plenty of connections between the two schools and the CFL. Find out how many coaches are in the picture above and how many players have played in the CFL from the pair of schools.
In the 1997 Oregon coaching staff image, it features a pair of CFL coaches.
If you’re having a hard time, here’s a hint.
Look at the bottom row on the far left side and on the left side back row, second from the left.
You will notice Rick Campbell, current Ottawa REDBLACKS head coach, at that time a graduate assistant and Rich Stubler, current Calagary Stampeders defensive coordinator, in 1997 he was the also the defensive coordinator.
In the picture in front of Stubler, you will also find current Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich.
CFL player connections with the Oregon Ducks
During the 2014 CFL season there were three former Ducks that played in the CFL. BC Lions LB Bo Lokombo, WR Lavasier Tuinei and Ottawa REDBLACKS RB Jeremiah Johnson.
41 players all-time in the CFL played their collegiate football at Eugene, Oregon including 6 CFL All-Stars:
Anthony Cherry, Jim Evenson, Vince Goldsmith, Michael Gray, Davis Sanchez and Kenny Wheaton. Other notable players that played in Oregon and the CFL included Jason Maas and Brett Young.
CFL player connections with the Ohio State Buckeyes
During the CFL 2014 season, four players could say they played at THE Ohio State, Alouettes WR Duron Carter and former QB Troy Smith, Blue Bombers DL Thaddeus Gibson and Argos DB Donald Washington.
The Buckeyes have in total produced 71 CFL players including 10 CFL All-Stars:
Aaron Brown, Tim Cheatwood, Gary Dulin, Brent Johnson, Rob Murphy, Ken-Yon Rambo, Bo Scott, Jim Stillwagon, Don Sutherin and Ed Ulmer. Other notable players to come out of Columbus, Ohio include; Tom Campana, Kevin Johnson, Derek MacCready and Clinton Wayne.
Safe to say all 71 players were thrilled with the Buckeyes 42-20 victory over the Ducks, to claim their 8th National Championship on Monday night!