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Saskatchewan named Rob Dyce its interim head coach Tuesday, on the heels of firing Corey Chamblin along with general manager and vice-president of football operations Brendan Taman Monday night. The Roughriders also released third-year quarterback Tino Sunseri.

According to the Canadian Press (, all moves came after an embarrassing 35-13 loss to Ottowa on the road, dropping Saskatchewan to 0-9 on the season.

The domino effect may open roster spots for other players, former Alabama standout Blake Sims is one in particular. He was signed by the Roughriders on July 29.

Sims, 5-foot-11, 223 pounds, became Alabama’s single season passing holder in 2014.

He completed 64.4 percent of his attempts for 3,487 yards with 35 total touchdowns to 10 interceptions. His athleticism was special last season, as he totaled 350 rushing yards.

Sims guided Alabama to 12 wins, a Southeastern Conference championship and the No.1 overall seed in the first-ever College Football Playoff in 2014.

This may be his shot at success in the Canadian Football League.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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