Wednesday, December 12, 2012
LET THE AUSTIN SPECULATION BEGIN
ALLAN MAKI, THE GLOBE AND MAIL
"Just who will become Hamilton’s sixth head coach in nine years had the CFL alive in speculation. On the GM side, personnel director Joe Womack and even head U.S. scout Danny McManus are in-house possibilities. (The Edmonton Eskimos named former scout Ed Hervey as their new GM last Monday.)
As for coaching candidates, there are some who are presently out of work (Paul LaPolice, Greg Marshall) and others employed elsewhere in the league. Calgary Stampeders offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson, who played under Cortez, drew immediate attention, but later confirmed he is not interested in applying for any head coaching job this off-season.
The man who is certain to generate speculation, because he always does whenever a coaching position opens, is Kent Austin. The former Grey Cup-winning quarterback and coach is presently the head coach at Cornell University.
“We’re under no timeline,” Ticats President Scott Mitchell said when asked when the Ticats wanted a GM and head coach in place. “Hamilton’s gone from a place where people didn’t want to be, to a place where everybody wants to be. We’re going to be talking to good people.”
DREW EDWARDS, HAMILTON SPECTATOR
"Candidates could include current TSN analyst Duane Forde, former Edmonton general manager Eric Tillman and current Cornell head coach Kent Austin, who led Saskatchewan to a Grey Cup in 2007 and spent 10 years as a CFL quarterback. Experienced coaches — Austin could potentially fill both roles — include former Winnipeg Blue Bombers head man Paul LaPolice and former Ticats defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall.
This will be the second general manager and third head coach hired since Mitchell joined the club in January 2007.
“We’ve made some progress through the years but not nearly enough and I take responsibility for that,” Mitchell said."
DAVE NAYLOR, TSN
"Does Kent Austin want to leave Cornell for the CFL? Don't know. But here's a quote from him after Cornell's final game this season: 'The frustration level is about as high as it's ever been for me since I've been here.'"
What will the Rider Nation's reaction be if Austin winds up running the Ticats in 2013 and leads them into Mosaic Stadium for the Grey Cup? Fire away in the comments section.