OXFORD, Miss. — When Kent Austin journeyed to Saskatchewan, Canada 21 years ago to begin his CFL playing career, they kidded him about his Southern accent.
When he returned to his alma mater earlier this year to take on the offensive coordinator duties at Ole Miss, they kidded him about his Canadian accent.
“I’ve heard it both ways,” Austin joked.
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt hasn’t really noticed. He’s just thrilled to have the former Ole Miss great on his staff.
“Kent’s brought a lot of good ideas to us in the passing game,” Nutt said. “The connection was (former Arkansas offensive coordinator) David Lee, who I’ve worked with for a long time. David had recruited Kent and knew him very, very well. That’s when I started looking at him from afar.