There’s probably no other city Kent Austin would love to win the Grey Cup than the one he’s going to coach in on Sunday.
Sorry, Steeltown. But it makes perfect sense that Austin, the general manager and head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, has a wonderful opportunity to hoist the Canadian Football League’s legendary trophy in Regina.
Austin was the quarterback when the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Tiger-Cats 43-40 in the 1989 Grey Cup in Toronto, a game that is widely regarded as one of the best title games in history. And 18 years later, in 2007, Austin was pacing the sideline as head coach when the Green Riders beat Winnipeg, in Toronto again, in the championship.
A couple of months later, Austin left to become the offensive co-ordinator at Ole Miss, a move that didn’t thrill those in Rider Nation.
Now, not only is he headed back to familiar territory in Hamilton’s colours, but he will face the Roughriders in their home stadium in the 101st Cup.