Mitchell: Ticats expect Austin to remain in place ‘at least through next year’

A day after Ticats vice-president of football operations Kent Austin acknowledged he’d talked to U.S. schools about potential coaching jobs, team CEO Scott Mitchell said he suspects Austin will be with the organization for the foreseeable future.

Speaking on the Fan 590 radio station in Toronto Tuesday morning, Mitchell told co-hosts Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt that Austin is not actively seeking another job but there have been expressions of interest.

“Kent is not looking at other opportunities. Despite a very tough year last year, Kent still has a terrific reputation as a coach, not just in Canada but in North America,” Mitchell said. “Obviously when a guy like Kent Austin is not coaching, he and his agent are going to get inbound calls from people wondering if Kent wants to coach.”

Austin removed himself as head coach of the Ticats in August after five seasons at the helm with the team sitting at 0-8. Since guiding the Tiger-Cats to a second straight Grey Cup appearance in 2014, he had gone 17-27.

“He’s been incredibly transparent with us and he’s said right now that he’s not interested in coaching next year but he is a coach, he’s been a coach for a long time and there may be a time where he wants to get back to coaching,” Mitchell said. “We have a very transparent dialogue about ll those opportunities. It’s certainly not true that he’s actively pursuing coaching opportunities.”

Austin has two more years remaining on the deal he signed in January 2016 and Brunt pointed out that Mitchell could deny potential suitors the opportunity to speak to Austin.

“We could say no but we wouldn’t say no to Kent if he felt strongly about a great coaching opportunity for him and it was the right situation for his family. We talked about that a lot when he made the decision to step down and we certainly wouldn’t stand in the way of it but I can tell you for sure it would have to be a very special and unique opportunity and my sense is that Kent right now, as much as he loved coaching, he’s loving not coaching,” Austin said.

“That may change next week, it may change next month. I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon. But we’re well prepared and well structured to deal with it but I suspect Kent is going to be with the organization at least through next year if not through his whole contract.”

Drew Edwards

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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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13 Comments on Mitchell: Ticats expect Austin to remain in place ‘at least through next year’

  1. Well Mitchell should expect a lot of their fan’s money to stay in their collective wallets at least through next season!

    • Bigplay. Okay break it down for us. How does Austin’s continuing role with the Ticat executive affect your decision? The team (that he helped assemble) kicked ass under the coach that Austin brought in. So if he is not coaching what exactly is your problem? Feel free to be specific.

  2. DITTO!!!!!

  3. Oh please pathetic comments from obviously some mediocre fans …if Austin is in Hamilton I’m not supporting them …grow up ffs don’t be so immature !

  4. Hey Randy if you want to buy tickets that’s your right , but really telling other people how to act and spend their money sounds like you are the one that needs to grow up.And if we were mediocre fans that would be a match made in heaven because the Cats are the epitome of mediocre 19 years and counting,so obvious.

  5. Hey I’m intiled to my opinion and I feel it’s immature not to support a team due to the reasons mentioned but hey that’s your choice and you feel it’s the right one so do what you got to do !

  6. There goes the 2018 season.

  7. Do explain mr62cats ? Another idiotic comment!

  8. Either you support the home team or you don’t . One person doesn’t make or break a team . Coach Jones will be picking the final roster and depth chart . Tillman , Alemang, Burke, and company will scout and sign players, as usual . Bob Young will continue to take care .

  9. Jones or any HC for that matter should be able to pick his players. The scouts, personnel guys, GM etc. find em and sign em. After that the chips fall as they say either in a winning way or a losing way based on the HC doing his job as expected.

  10. Really Amicus kicked ass 6-4 two of those wins came against Montreal the only team with a worse record than the Cats and Oh by the way three of those loses were at Home.Plus several players stated to Drew and Steve Milton if Austin is involved they would not sign here Banks basically stated that fact publicly.And I for one do not thinks it is a Coincidence that the Cats get the short end of the stick when it comes to Officiating when Austin has been berating them on the sidelines for four and a half seasons.

  11. Bigplay. First Banks did NOT say that publicly. Yes Drew did a stir the pot story quoting “close to half a dozen” players – so 3 or 4 – unnamed so said they didn’t like Austin. Nothing burger stacked high. If Austin is in the executive office and not on the field … explain your point about officials again. It is a bit obscure. The point is that Austin isn’t coaching next year … and I am trying to understand your problem. Just don’t get it.

  12. So I guess Steve Milton is a liar because he also wrote more than a half dozen or so stated the same fact and refs are human if they dislike Austin because he has been berating them over and over for four and a half seasons do you really think they are going to cut the team he works for some slack I would be willing to bet you were one of those Cat fans crying in your beer after the refs called the clipping penalty on Banks GC return,Oh wait why am I debating with someone who stated the 6-4 is kicking ass pathetic homer.

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