Ticats Kent Austin denies tension with QB, slams Glen Suitor

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin and quarterback Zach Collaros are denying reports that there’s tension between them.

During a radio interview to B.C. radio station last week, TSN analyst Glen Suitor said the team missed former offensive coordinator Tommy Condell, who was a buffer for the “abrasive” Austin, and that there was a “disconnect” between Austin and Collaros.

Not so, said Austin.

“There’s absolutely zero tension. Don’t even give my answer to Zach and ask him point blank. There’s no tension between me and Zach. We’ve never had tension,” Austin said in the wake of his team’s loss to the B.C. Lion’s on Saturday night. “That’s absolutely ridiculous and completely made up by Glen and he ought to be ashamed of himself.”

Collaros said much the same thing.

“There’s never been tension between me and Kent,” he said. “I don’t know how he could have come to that conclusion based on the conversation that him and I had. If you ask anybody in here, there’s no tension between me and Kent. But again, none of that stuff matters. All that matters is the guy’s in this room and winning football games.”

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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41 Comments on Ticats Kent Austin denies tension with QB, slams Glen Suitor

  1. Lindsay Wilcox // July 16, 2017 at 1:32 am //

    Yup; Suitor has Trump syndrome – overblown to make headlines. All media are under pressure to sell advertising – easiest way is bring up possible inter-personal issues.

  2. Christopher // July 16, 2017 at 1:33 am //

    If there is no tension between him and Austin then they are not human… How do you play the QB position with no Oline in front of you.

    • Slimjim // July 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm //

      Why? because the O line is primarily a Canadian position. There are just not enough Canadians to fill the “O” line. If they fill the line with Americans then they have to start Canadians at the talent positions and just not enough Canadians.
      It’s time to REDUCE the Canadian Quota – it’s not working we need more talented players in the CFL.
      The CIS is not producing!!

  3. Poor coaching, poor game plan, poor recruiting, second rate players, offensee
    is to vanilla, no pass rush, Ted Laurent is useless, linebackers can’t cover, offensive line can’t pass protect or run block. It will be a long season and at
    this point I can’t see anyone they can beat.

    • Ticat Mike // July 16, 2017 at 8:21 am //

      A very concise and accurate synopsis of our Ticats. Well written.

    • Are you joking. You’re spending too much time listening to Suitor. It’s only the third game. The season isn’t even half over. Your the type that jumps on the bandwagon when the team is winning and bitches and complains when they don’t. I recall years back when Edmonton was going unbeaten and Hamilton was in the bottom. The one team to beat Edmonton and kill their streak was Hamilton. Too many willing to call an end to a season that’s just begun. Not real fans.

      • No, those guys are silent when the team is winning. You never hear a peep from them on the boards after a good game. They somehow continue to generate anger and save it up until the team loses and they can spew it again.

  4. NotJoshSmith // July 16, 2017 at 4:02 am //

    Easily will be 0-6 in 3 more weeks after 3 games against Edmonton and Calgary.

    WAKE UP SCOTT MITCHELL! FIRE AUSTIN AND ZACK THE INACCURATE CHINA DOLL CAN GO WITH HIM.

  5. Steady Eddie // July 16, 2017 at 4:05 am //

    I’m more concerned why Austin refuses to play Masoli when it’s so obvious that Collaros’ best days are behind him.

    • Ticat Mike // July 16, 2017 at 8:24 am //

      I don’t think Collaros’ best days are behind him. I do agree, that when things are not working or you’re several touchdowns behind, it would be nice to see what Masoli could do. Collaros is certainly not the player of two years ago. But the style of play , his happy feet, poor play calling, no run game, poor pass blocking, the number of hurries , hits and sacks this guy takes — may have taken a toll on the kid. He has few weapons to work with and is running for his life on too many plays. YOu can put any QB in the league there and get similar results.

    • The guy just came back from a season off due to injury. Sure, it’s taking him some time to gel, but Masoli is there for use if needed. Maybe they should alternate them. Collaros is hardly past his prime, especially when you consider the likes of Calvillho, McManus and whiny, bitchy Burris who all played past their time.

    • I’m with you fire Austin

  6. Ticat Mike // July 16, 2017 at 8:27 am //

    We ran an up and coming young gunner out of town , who also played under similar circumstances — no pass blocking, no run game, lousy offensive play calling, but the kid showed great signs too, and put up huge numbers,, but fans ran this guy out of town . Anthony Cavillo – went on to have a hall of fame career with the Alouettes, where the coaching staff at the time, knew how to build and execute a great offense around a QB.

  7. I have no doubt Suitor is correct, Austin is well known for having an abrasive personality and being tough on his players so when things begin to go off the rails (particularly with his offence) expect some backlash from the players.

    • Tiger man // July 18, 2017 at 2:55 pm //

      Oh really?? And how do you know this??

      Being an argo fan you would be an expert and working in the Tiger cat dressing room???!!

      And thank you for your collection of wild assumptions

  8. Bill Smith // July 16, 2017 at 11:18 am //

    Ticats are fine. They are just having another of their sadly typical slow-out-of-the-gate seasons.
    The same posters wanted to fire everyone at this point in the 2013 (1-3) and 2014 (1-5) seasons as well.
    Just two examples: Our best DBs will be back in the line-up soon, and even bigger offensive linemen are in town.

    • with out smoking Ticats arn’t fine Austin needs to go we need help both sides of the ball we only 4 offenise touchdowns

  9. Life is good keep rolling along.

  10. This reminds me very much of the kafuffle going around in 2012 about tension or bad relations between Cortez (HC at the time) and Creehan the DC (not that he was good by any means!) and even problems among the players. As soon as they won a game or 2 the talk disappeared. It’s really easy for anyone to take a snippet of conversation or what may look like a heated discussion seen from afar and read WAY too much into it. I suspect that this “speculation” might stem from the frustration that Zach showed in one instance coming off the field in the first game. Nothing like taking an isolated comment spoken under tough conditions and blowing it up into something that it isn’t! But I guess that’s the job of media in assuming that if the team isn’t winning then there MUST be something wrong!

  11. Just to clarify that last sentence (I wish there there was an edit button on here!) In saying “there must be something wrong” I meant that people assume there must be problems in the relationships of key people – in this case Collaros and Austin. Any other problems on the team are likely correctable and don’t involve firing the coach and blowing up the team!

  12. Colour me green // July 16, 2017 at 1:25 pm //

    Austin knows what he is doing. All teams go thru dry spells as any Rider fan knows. Stick with the plan which right now needs to be tweaked.

  13. Suitor is an utter fool.

    While listening to him you have to constantly remind yourself that he actually played this sport at one time. Its hard to believe because he makes so many ridiculous gaffes about football theory every game. Its as if they had hired someone off the street.

    And who could forget his ridiculous, self-serving article he wrote a few years back criticizing the city to the stadium debacle. This moron should be turfed.

  14. Suitor is totally out to lunch. I’d also like to see more of Matt Dunigan doing colour because he is much more entertaining.

  15. mr. suitor is so far ahead of another broadcaster, does rod black ring a bell. lol really people, if you have followed kent austins career, after his playing days, you would think he was the best coach around. he was booed out of rider land. he will be booed out of hamilton, are people thinking right or wrong, i was at the game yesterday, and alot of talk was about kent austins dismuissal. is everyone wrong, i highly doubt it.

    • Austin is not one to be let go. The team just needs to gel more. Also, since the players and coaches aren’t allowed to say it, I will…it’s hard to play a fair game when the announcers and the refs are so anit-Cat, it’s ridiculous. When the refs started out yesterday’s game, they were wearing the impartial black and white stripes. By the end of the first when we were leading, they all of a sudden were wearing orange and white, not visually but officially. You can’t tell me that TSN (Toronto Sports Network) and the refs aren’t anti-Cat when they call us for penalties the other teams are always getting away with. And if Austin questions any of them, he’s either ignored (last weeks challenge flag thrown right in front of the ref) or criticized. He’s the one coach in the league that refuses to stand for the bull on the field, whether it’s from his team or the officals. Sure, we’ve had some bad plays, but it’s only game three for cripes sake. Austin is the best coach we have had since Al Bruno. It’s just too bad there’s so much riding against us otherwise.

  16. Hors E Power // July 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm //

    Did you guys know he held the ball for the winning Field goal in he 1989 Grey Cup. Most people don’t. It’s not like he ever mentions it during braodcasts

  17. the ticats are fine…only the Argos win the grey cup in July

  18. Steve De Rubeis // July 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm //

    we need players who are committed in giving max effort every play because face it, the skill level of our players dont come close to other cfl teams player talent
    You can blame our scouts for lack of vision you can blame the owner and senior brass for lack of funding to be able to bring in talent
    In the end we blame our coaching staff and semi skills players on the field for not winning games
    As fans who attend games its disappointing to see our cats compete who teams with players who are much more talented then our ticat players

    • It’s a cap era Steve. No team has more money to spend on players than another – unless they’re prepared to pay fines and/or lose draft picks for exceeding the limit. I suspect that most teams run very close to the cap. I think there’s enough talent on this team but there are also a number of new players and rookies who’ve been tossed into starting roles due to injuries to key starters and are “learning on the job”.

    • That’s where I disagree with you. The Cats are the only team that play as an actual TEAM. I get so tired of hearing the QB’s name alongside one receiver for each “team”. We have more than one and we use them. The only time I ever heard the combo of one QB and one receivers name was during the Lancaster years. They didn’t impress me nor did Lancaster. We have some new talent. It may take a few games and more practice before they gel into the super team everyone expects, but you have to give them a chance. All this talk about not making the playoffs when it’s only game three is ridiculous and defeatist. A real fan would know that and not give up or complain so much.

  19. Suitor wouldn’t own a Grey Cup ring without Austin. What a turn coat. Kent will get the Cats turned around, mark my words.

  20. Suits sometimes has his own agenda and narrative that he tries to spin. Minor example in week 1- he claimed Duron Carter was being triple covered. Earlier in the broadcast, Glen professed Carter was the best receiver in the league. Typical Suits. He sees things through his own reality. And after a winless four weeks, there is going to be tension in any football lockeroom. Nothing out of the ordinary. Ti-Cats are a mess and Glen’s integrity is questionable.

  21. Suitor would be fine if he just called the games. And didn’t suck up to whomever was having a great performance.

    Bear in mind this is the guy who had a man-love for Joe Mumford. We all know who he was talking about, but if you can’t get a name right after the first time what kind of credibility do you have??

  22. Philski // July 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm //

    Heard the interview on 1040. Suitor is bang on. He doesn’t make that stuff up. One of them, or both, need to go before this season is lost. And they can take Banks and Laurent with them.

  23. Satan62 // July 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm //

    Suitor is a pathological liar. He’s been doing this dumbass made up stories because he is irrelevant now that he can’t be on the field. He never was any good anyways, and just made the riders look bad when he was there. When is TSN going to wise up a can his ass. No wonder ratings are suffering so bad.

  24. Msd- problem is Suits doesn’t just call the games. He creates a narrative. And even when he does call the game- it has changed since the early 90s when he played last. It is obvious he has little understanding of specific X’s and O’s of the current game. As a color commentator- this is his job. He could not understand the toss where the QB reads the play side D End. He actually thought it was a broken play. College football has been running that for years, in particular Watson at Clemson the past couple seasons. A color commentator should be familiar with this. I don’t normally bash the on air talent at TSN but every time I hear Suits, I get annoyed. Duane is ten times the announcer. And although Dunnigan is pretty raw, he still gets the game. Suits needs to do less pontificating and more film study to prepare for games.

  25. riderontheisland // July 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm //

    Suitor is a clown and he makes me angry at least twice every game he has ever done. Wasn’t that big of a fan as a player either, but the stupid things that spews out of his mouth from the booth blows my mind that he every really played the game.

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