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December 17, 2012

Cornell Football Head Coach Kent Austin Takes Position with CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Andy Noel, the Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education, has announced that Kent Austin, the Roger J. Weiss '61 Head Coach of Football, has accepted the joint position of vice president of football operations, general manager and head football coach of the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, effective immediately.

"Kent has provided terrific leadership for our program these past three years. The offense he established is explosive and exciting to watch, and the program is poised to compete for a championship," Noel said. In addition, Austin streamlined a number of processes that have benefited the Big Red program significantly. Noel said: "I will miss him dearly and will be forever grateful for the contributions he has made to our program. He is a first-class individual and an outstanding coach. It hurts to lose him."

The search for new head football coach at Cornell is under way, Noel said.

"I want to sincerely thank Cornell for the unbelievable opportunity they provided," Austin said. "In particular, I want to thank President David Skorton, Vice President Susan Murphy and Athletics Director Andy Noel. Their complete commitment to this program will ensure Cornell's success on the field for many years to come. They each have my utmost respect and admiration, and Cornell is very fortunate to have leaders of this caliber. Cornell is a special place with very special people, and I will miss them all."

During his three season's on the Big Red sidelines, Austin posted an 11-19 record overall (6-15 Ivy Leauge) and coached 14 All-Ivy performers, including the 2011 Bushnell Cup winner as Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, Jeff Mathews. Austin also coached three Cornell All-Americans, including JC Tretter, who this season became just the second Big Red player ever to earn an invitation to participate in the Senior Bowl, as well as five CapitalOne/CoSIDA Academic All-District selections and one Academic All-American.