Blue Bombers after Austin

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Argos offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin was having a hard time yesterday digesting his team's loss on Sunday to the Montreal Alouetes in the Eastern final.

But when he was approached by a swarm of media yesterday, the first question was about a potential head coaching job opportunity with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"Wow, that's a good first question," Austin said.

Winnipeg has received permission from the Argos to talk to Austin and defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler as a possible replacement for deposed Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley.

Austin said he, nor his agent, has not been contacted directly about any job and that he is content with the Argos.

"I'm still trying to grow into the position I have here," he said.

It's expected that Stubler won't have an interest because of his comfort level working in Toronto.

Austin does not deny an ambition to one day hold a head coaching job in the CFL. The question is when that day will come.

"Part of my problem is I'm pretty critical of myself and I know where I can get better right now as a co-ordinator and I really want to do that," he said.

Austin said he's not entirely sure if the Bombers will take things any further than that initial inquiry.

"That (opportunity) might not be there," he said. "I think there are better coaches than maybe even people in the public would think. I think there are good candidates, probably good candidates that are more qualified than me, too."

If a formal request is made to meet with the Bombers, Austin said he's more than willing to listen but could not commit to anything without a lot of soul searching.

"There's a lot more than just the coaching to consider," Austin said.

"I have a young family here and I know nothing is forever, especially in this profession, which is very transient. You can be wanted one day and not wanted the next.

"My family understands that but I think it's important that they should feel they have at least some level of stability in our family life. If a move happens it needs to make sense on a lot of different fronts, not just professionally."


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