Ex-Rebel QB Austin, Nutt to meet today 1/9/2008 6:58:32 AM Daily Journal[url=http://www.djournal.com/pages/story.asp?ID=263897&pub=1&div=Sports]http://www.djournal.com/pages/story.asp ... div=Sports[/url]
By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Former Ole Miss quarterback Kent Austin will interview today for the vacant offensive coordinator’s position at his alma mater.
Presently the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, Austin will be the first candidate to discuss the job with Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.
Austin was at Ole Miss from 1981-1985, the first two seasons with former Ole Miss quarterbacks coach David Lee, whose departure to the NFL on Monday created the present opening on Nutt’s staff.
Lee was Nutt’s offensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2007. While his Ole Miss contract was never finalized, he was expected to make around $300,000 a year.
Most CFL head coaches are paid in the $250,000-$300,000 range.
“When Houston called the other night and asked permission to speak with Kent, I said three things to him,? said Saskatchewan general manager Eric Tillman, also an Ole Miss alum. “One, as an alum I told him how pleased we all are to have Houston at Ole Miss. Two, I said he deserves full credit for identifying one of the brightest young coaches in the business, and lastly, I told him I’ll do everything in my power to retain him.?
Austin, who grew up in Nashville, guided the Roughriders to the 2007 Grey Cup championship in his first season as head coach. He also led the Riders to the title as their quarterback in 1989 and ranks among the top 10 quarterbacks in CFL history with 36,030 passing yards and a 57.6 completion rate.
Also expected to interview are former Alabama offensive coordinator Dave Rader, former Texas A&M coordinator Les Koenig, former Auburn coordinator Al Borges, former Virginia and Mississippi State coordinator Sparky Woods, former Miami head coach Larry Coker and former Ole Miss wide receivers coach Hugh Freeze.
Appeared originally in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 1/9/2008, section 0 , page 0