University of Regina Rams fire head coach Steve Bryce

The University of Regina Rams have fired head coach Steve Bryce according to Rod Pedersen.

Bryce was named Rams head coach in March 2016. He was earned the Canada West coach of the year award the same season taking a team who had gone winless in 2015 and turning them into a 6-2 squad, first place in the conference.

Bryce is a former player himself with the Rams, suiting up for five seasons and helping the program win a national championship in 1987 – his first year with the team. He went on to play for four years at Jamestown College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1997 with an emphasis on human biology.

Former offensive coordinator Mark McConkey has been elevated to the head coach position. He was hired by the Rams in 2015 as play caller, quarterbacks coach and academics coach. Quarterback Noah Picton captured the Hec Crighton Trophy — the first in school history — following the 2016 campaign while McConkey was offensive coordinator. Picton was an All-Canadian in both 2016 and 2017.

McConkey was one of the most prolific receivers in Rams history. During his time at the U of R, McConkey redshirted the 2007 season with the Rams and immediately jumped in as a key member of the team’s offence as a first-year player in 2008.

His best statistical season was in 2010, setting career highs in both receptions (45) and receiving yards (509). After missing almost the entire 2012 campaign due to injury, McConkey collected 180 receptions in his career – a mark which stood as the most in Canada West history until former teammate Jared Janotta set a new standard the following season.

McConkey was a Canada West all-star in 2011 and earned academic All-Canadian status in his final season with the Rams. He’s also fifth in Rams history with 1,991 career receiving yards.

The Rams went 1-7 — mainly due to forfeiting all of their wins due to an ineligible player — and 3-5 the last two seasons, missing the playoffs both years.