Kent Austin banner hanging at Mosaic Stadium December 2012. Amanda Purcell/CJME
Rider fans got some bittersweet news on Monday as Kent Austin was named the new head coach and general manager of the Hamilton Tiger-cats.
Austin led the Roughriders to two out of three Grey Cups – in 1989 as a quarterback and again in 2007 as the head coach. The next season he accepted a position as offensive coordinator at his alma mater the University of Mississippi or ‘ole Mis. He also spent the 2010 to 2012 seasons at Cornell University.
Most Roughrider fans didn’t expect him to ever return to the CFL, and with that history in mind, the news that he was going to Hamilton took some by surprise.
In reaction to the news, our reporter went to the streets to ask people what they think.
“He’s a traitor, he’s not wearing green,” one man said.
But overall it seems Rider Nation is just happy to see Austin back on this side of the border. Rider fan Janet Payne had nothing but good things to say about the news.
“He did great for us, good luck to him – and I hope the TiCats do much better than they did last year,” she commented.
It seems Austin himself is eager to make the move.
In a statement to media, he said "there are a lot of reasons to be excited about this opportunity, namely the strong ownership in place, a very passionate group of fans behind us and the chance for immediate success."
Reported by CJME’s Amanda Purcell Edited by CJME’s Adriana Christianson
If Kent Austin joins Burris and Fantuz in Hamilton, the Tabbies first trip to Regina will be epic. #coveryourearskids