We're in this to be champions

My Alma Mata, Cornell University, recently hired a new head football coach. Keeping up as well as I can with the happenings of my old school, I clicked through an email to read about what we were getting. Something struck a cord in Kent Austin's quote.

He said, "We're not in this to be competitive. We're in this to be champions." Now that is a statement. That's what I want from my players, my team, my head coach. I'm now looking forward to the football season this fall.

The forty-six-year-old Austin comes to the Big Red from the University of Mississippi, where he was the offensive coordinator for the past two years. Under his direction, the Ole Miss offense averaged 30.8 points and 405 yards per game, using an effective mix of running and passing to keep opponents off balance. As a quarterback at Mississippi from 1982 to 1985, Austin had been a prolific passer (6,184 yards) and four-time member of the Academic All-SEC team. After college, he spent one season with the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals before migrating north to the Canadian Football League. He played for ten years in the CFL, known for its wide-open offenses, winning the Grey Cup (league championship) twice. After his playing career ended, he coached in the league, winning the Grey Cup as an assistant coach with Toronto and again as head coach of Saskatchewan.

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