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Tom and Dallas wrap up spring camp with a look at key position battles and which players stood out. In addition, they give their thoughts on Canada West and the Northern 8 proposal. Interviews with coaches and players follow the podcast.

Tom interviews Head Coach Brian Towriss about his impressions of camp so far and what we can expect during tomorrow’s Spring Scrimmage.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies are now through two practices at their 2015 spring camp. Tom and Dallas break down a few key battles and who is impressing early on.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies announced their 2015 recruiting class this morning at the largest fundraising event in Canadian football, the Dogs’ Breakfast. The Huskies Football Foundation announced that $100,000 was raised for the Huskie football scholarship fund from the event, which featured keynote speaker Ronnie Lott, a Pro Football Hall of Fame member known best for his time as a hard-hitting safety for Bill Walsh’s San Fransisco 49ers in the 1980s. In front of 2,000 Huskie supporters, the team announced a group of new players who will stock the cupboards for the future while bringing in others who can make an immediate impact. Among the new junior veterans are | Full Article

As coaches Aaron Moser and Scott Flory worked in the adjacent rooms, Head Coach Brian Towriss and I sat down to discuss several topics, ranging from recruiting to coaching changes in the Canada West to uniform rules in the OUA. Tom and I will be following up with the fan perspective in a week or two with the second edition of Outsider Radio for 2015. Please enjoy and remember to purchase your tickets for Dogs’ Breakfast XV.

Former Saskatchewan Huskie star Ben Heenan has signed with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Heenan was selected first overall in the 2012 CFL draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and has been a mainstay on the Rider offensive line over the past three seasons, playing right tackle. Heenan was a starter for the 2013 team that won the Grey Cup. Heenan had a decorated career with the Huskies, following in the footsteps of Huskie great Gene Makowsky, starting on the line as a rookie in 2008, earning the Canada West Peter Gorman nomination as rookie of the year. He was named a Canada West all-star in 2010 and 2011, a first-team CIS | Full Article

Times are changing quickly in CIS football. Not only is there a new proposal from David Dube and Jim Mullin for a national interlock schedule that would pit the top teams in the country against each other during the regular season, but there have been major moves by CIS teams to elevate themselves to the elite ranks through coaching changes, improving their facilities and getting a recruiting jump on their competition. Hot on the heels of the Manitoba Bisons ending the Calgary Dinos’ Hardy Trophy streak at six and the Montreal Carabins ending Laval’s consecutive Vanier Cup appearance streak at four, winning their first Vanier in the process, the UBC | Full Article

With news out this week about a proposed national interlock schedule featuring the top teams in the CIS, which may start as early as the 2015 season, the question Huskie fans may be asking is: Are the Huskies ready to face the best from across the CIS? The national interlock schedule is the idea of Huskie alum and benefactor David Dube and Canada West broadcaster and producer Jim Mullin. As Kevin Mitchell explained in the December 26 edition of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, the initial interlock schedule would involve the top eight teams in the CIS playing two regular season games against non-conference opponents, hosting one game and traveling for the | Full Article

Tom and I join host Darren Dupont for episode nine of Pizza Hut Huskies All Access. This week, we break down the victory over the Alberta Golden Bears and look forward to the game tomorrow against UBC. We also talk about some of the possible playoff scenarios the Huskies may face.