Montreal Carabins
Montreal Carabins logo
First season2002
Athletic directorManon Simard
Head coachMarco Iadeluca
1st year, –  
Other StaffAnthony Calvillo (OC)
Denis Touchette (DC)
Home StadiumCEPSUM Stadium
Stadium capacity5100
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationMontreal, Quebec
LeagueU Sports
ConferenceQUFL/RSEQ (2002 - present)
Past associationsOIFC (1966)
CCIFC (1967-1970)
QUAA (1971)
All-time record102–44–0 (.699)
Postseason record16–16 (.500)
Titles
Vanier Cups1, (2014)
Uteck Bowls2 (2014, 2019)
Mitchell Bowls1 (2015)
Dunsmore Cups3 (2014, 2015, 2019)
Hec Crighton winners0
Current uniform
ColoursRoyal Blue, White, and Black
     
OutfitterAdidas
RivalsLaval Rouge et Or
Websitecarabins.umontreal.ca

The Montreal Carabins football team represents the University of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec in the sport of Canadian football in U Sports. The program has been in operation since its resurrection in 2002 and has established itself as a provincial and national powerhouse with three RSEQ conference championships and one national championship since 2014.[1]

History

The Carabins on offence in the 55th Vanier Cup game.
The Carabins on offence in the 55th Vanier Cup game.

The team began its second incarnation in 2002 after over thirty years of being dormant. The Carabins first began play in 1966 in the Ontario Intercollegiate Football Conference and continued play for the next six seasons.[2] The program was dropped after the 1971 season due to a shift in philosophy as many francophone universities placed an emphasis on community involvement and intramural athletic activities as opposed to intercollegiate athletics. That philosophy has shifted back to intercollegiate sports as Université Laval, Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke each began programs in 1996, 2002 and 2003, respectively.[3]

The current program has seen marked success in the regular season, having qualified for the playoffs in every season since 2003. However, the program had difficulty winning their conference championship in the early years, with five losses in their first five appearances. That changed under the leadership of former head coach, Danny Maciocia, in 2014, as the Carabins defeated the Laval Rouge et Or to win their first Dunsmore Cup. The team then won the national semi-final Uteck Bowl against the Manitoba Bisons to qualify for the first Vanier Cup game in program history. In the 50th Vanier Cup, the Carabins defeated the McMaster Marauders by a score of 20–19 to win the first national championship in program history.

The team won two more Dunsmore Cups in 2015 and 2019, but eventually lost in the Vanier Cup games in both seasons. Maciocia resigned following the 2019 season to join the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes and was replaced by Marco Iadeluca on February 11, 2020.[4]

Season-by-season record

Season Games Won Lost PCT PF PA Standing Playoffs
2002 8 0 8 0.000 62 359 5th in QUFL Did not qualify
2003 8 6 2 0.625 220 160 3rd in QUFL Lost to Concordia Stingers in semi-final 35-8
2004 8 8 0 1.000 256 75 1st in QUFL Defeated McGill Redmen in semi-final 38-18
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 30-12
2005 8 6 2 0.875 229 158 2nd in QUFL Defeated Concordia Stingers in semi-final 28-17
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 19-13
2006 8 6 2 0.750 188 138 3rd in QUFL Lost to Concordia Stingers in semi-final 23-3
2007 8 4 4 0.500 151 149 4th in QUFL Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 28-16
2008 8 5 3 0.625 273 138 4th in QUFL Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in semi-final 32-7
2009 8 5 3 0.625 222 146 2nd in QUFL Defeated Bishop's Gaiters in semi-final 40-15
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 31-7
2010 9 5 4 0.556 227 151 2nd in QUFL Lost to Sherbrooke Vert et Or in semi-final 33-26
2011 9 6 3 0.667 202 152 3rd in RSEQ Defeated Sherbrooke Vert et Or in semi-final 33-15
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 30-7
2012 9 8 1 0.889 299 102 2nd in RSEQ Lost to Sherbrooke Vert et Or in semi-final 42-24
2013 8 5 3 0.625 211 120 3rd in RSEQ Defeated Bishop's Gaiters in semi-final 51-8
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 14-11
2014 8 7 1 0.875 271 100 2nd in RSEQ Defeated Sherbrooke Vert et Or in semi-final 40-13
Defeated Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 12-9 (OT)
Defeated Manitoba Bisons in Uteck Bowl 29-26
Defeated McMaster Marauders in 50th Vanier Cup 20-19
2015 8 6 2 0.750 232 109 2nd in RSEQ Defeated Sherbrooke Vert et Or in semi-final 31-24
Defeated Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 18-16
Defeated Guelph Gryphons in Mitchell Bowl 25-10
Lost to UBC Thunderbirds in 51st Vanier Cup 26-23
2016 8 7 1 0.875 296 72 1st in RSEQ Defeated McGill Redmen in semi-final 42-0
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 20-17
2017 7 6 1 0.857 176 93 2nd in RSEQ Defeated Concordia Stingers in semi-final 42-20
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 25-22
2018 8 6 2 0.750 256 46 2nd in RSEQ Defeated McGill Redmen in semi-final 48-2
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 14-1
2019 8 6 2 0.750 144 93 2nd in RSEQ Defeated McGill Redmen in semi-final 31-0
Defeated Laval Rouge et Or in Dunsmore Cup 25-10
Defeated Acadia Axemen in Uteck Bowl 38-0
Lost to Calgary Dinos in 55th Vanier Cup 27-13

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National award winners

Carabins in the CFL

Montreal Carabins helmets
Montreal Carabins helmets

As of the start of the 2021 CFL season, 16 former Carabins players are on CFL teams' rosters:

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References

  1. ^ "Preview: 55th Vanier Cup presented by Promutuel Insurance". U Sports. November 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "University Football in Ontario and Quebec from 1967 to 1979". cisfootball.org. March 2006.
  3. ^ "A History of Canadian University Football, 1980 to the Present". cisfootball.org. March 2006.
  4. ^ "Marco Iadeluca de retour pour diriger les Carabins" (in French). Montreal Carabins. February 11, 2020.
  5. ^ RSEQ Standings
  6. ^ "Canadian Football League, Players". Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 5, 2021.