Scott Flory committed to Saskatchewan Huskies but will listen if CFL calls

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Scott Flory is committed to his role as the head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies but isn’t ruling out a possible jump to the CFL in the future.

“I never close a door, I’m not gonna say that there isn’t or won’t be an opportunity down the road or whatever that is, but my commitment here is to this program, to the young men that I’m recruiting right now and bringing into this program, to our athletic department, to this university, to the Grahams as a major donor, as well as making sure I get us right here on this,” Flory told HuskieFAN.

“If somebody calls … I’ll cross that bridge if and when it happens. I’ve got a lot of connections, a lot of friends, a lot of people [in the CFL] but my focus is without a doubt on this program, being here, recruiting, and developing here [in Saskatoon].”

The 47-year-old took over as the head coach at his alma mater in 2017 following a three-year stint as the team’s offensive coordinator. He has since coached the Huskies to a 29-17 regular season record and four Hardy Trophy appearances, winning three. Saskatchewan appeared in the Vanier Cup in 2021 and 2022, though the club was recently eliminated in the Canada West semifinals by the Alberta Golden Bears.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are currently without a head coach after the club elected not to renew the contract of Craig Dickenson, leading to speculation that Flory could be in the running for the position. The team has yet to conduct any formal interviews, though general manager Jeremy O’Day has indicated that he wants to hire someone by the end of November.

Flory indicated that he hasn’t been contacted by any CFL teams regarding potential coaching jobs, though he’s not ruling out making the jump to the professional level at some point in the future.

The Regina native has deep CFL roots as he played along the offensive line with the Montreal Alouettes from 1999 to 2013, winning three Grey Cups and earning eleven consecutive East Division all-star nods. He was twice named the league’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

The Huskies have produced a first-round CFL draft pick in each of the last four years and could very well do so again in 2024 as Nick Wiebe, who was recently named a Canada West all-star, is one of the top-ranked prospects. It seems possible that Saskatchewan could soon see a coach make the jump to the professional level alongside his top players.