Austin to interview for OC post

Kent Austin will interview for the Rebel offensive coordinator post tomorrow. Austin, a former Ole Miss QB, is now the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL. He won the Grey Cup in his first year as a head coach.

Kent Austin, currently the king of the Canadian Football league, will interview with Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt for the vacant offensive coordinator's slot.

He is slated to arrive in Oxford late tonight and meet with Nutt tomorrow.

The position came open Sunday when David Lee, who was Nutt's OC at Arkansas and had agreed to come to Ole Miss, opted to take a lucrative offer from the Miami Dolphins instead of coming to Ole Miss.

"David and I worked so well together - I am disappointed," said Nutt Sunday, "but I understand his decision. He had only one more year to get his NFL pension and that is important.

"We will get a great guy in here. I have no doubts about that."

Austin will be the "first of several" candidates Nutt will talk to in the task of filling Lee's spot.

Kent played quarterback at Ole Miss from 1981-1985 and ended up the third-leading passer in Rebel history with 6,184 yards.

After a brief stint in the NFL, he found the CFL to his liking and amassed 36,000 yards in passing in his career.

He also won the Grey Cup and a Grey Cup MVP with Saskatchewan in 1989.

When his playing days ended, the 44-year old Nashville native got into coaching in the CFL as a QB coach and then an OC.

Last year when Eric Tillman - also an Ole Miss grad - took over as the general manager of the Roughriders, he filled the head coaching spot with Austin.

The Roughriders won the Grey Cup in his first attempt, defeating Winnipeg 23-19 in the championship game. It was only the third CFL title for Saskatchewan in the 97-year history of the CFL. Austin became the first person to lead the same team to a Grey Cup title as a player and head coach in CFL history.

Austin is known for his understanding of offense. While he likes to spread the field and throw the ball a lot, his Roughrider team was one of the top rushing teams in the CFL as well.

Whoever the new offensive coordinator is will also double as the quarterback coach.

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