Classy Roughriders won't take down banner of Ticats coach Kent Austin

Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin is a polarizing figure in Saskatchewan, where he helped the...

Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin is a polarizing figure in Saskatchewan, where he helped the 'Riders win two Grey Cups, one as a QB and another as a coach. (Reuters)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

REGINA - The eight-story mural of Kent Austin remains, bookending that of Roger Aldag’s on the front facade backing the main stands of Mosaic Stadium.

And the “Kent Austin #5” parking lot, complete with signs featuring his No. 5 jersey, still sits directly in front of the stadium.

There was some question if the Saskatchewan Roughriders might bring down the banner picturing the quarterback of the 1989 Grey Cup champions and replace it for the week with one of the banners honouring either Ron Lancaster or George Reed which had previously adorned the side of the stadium.

But, no, it stays up.

Austin infuriated Roughriders fans by leaving the team after winning the greatest Grey Cup game ever played.

He inflamed them yet again when he departed after a one-year stint as head coach when the team won the third of its three Grey Cups in 2007.


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