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Kent Austin Introduced This Morning as Cornell's 26th Head Coach
ITHACA – Kent Austin, who spent the last two years as offensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi, was introduced this morning as Cornell’s 26th head football coach at an hour-long press conference in the university’s Hall of Fame room.
Austin will replace Jim Knowles, who resigned on Dec. 23 after six seasons and a 26-34 record. His task is to turn around a mediocre program that went 2-8 in 2009 and last won an Ivy League title in 1990.
“It’s been a really intense, thorough search for our new head coach,” Cornell athletics director Andy Noel said. “We’re at a time where we need terrific leadership and we need someone to take us forward in the Ivy League. And we really felt we found that gentleman.”
Austin, seated next to his wife Shelley, daughter Kassidy and son Wesley, gave a six-minute acceptance speech before answering questions from local media.
“When I was up here interviewing, it was clear to me why Cornell is such a special place,” Austin said. “It’s directly related to the quality of individuals that are here at the university. Not just the faculty that I’ve met, but also the students that I’ve met. Everybody was sharp, they were intelligent to say the least – that’s an understatement – and they had an authentic commitment to pursue excellence in their given areas and that’s something that left a lasting impression with me, because I want to work at a place where people got that.”
Kent Austin introduced this morning as Cornell’s 26th head football coach
By Dan Sweeney and Brian Delaney •Ithemail@example.com