Kent Austin banner at Mosaic Stadium debated
Austin leads rivals in championship game against Saskatchewan Roughriders
The presence of a large banner of Kent Austin on Mosaic Stadium has become a hot topic in Regina, which is hosting the Grey Cup championship game.
Austin is a former Roughrider great and current head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. His over-sized presence in Regina, where many are cheering for the home team, has led to speculation about the fate of the banner.
"I'm thinking it needs to be covered up or come down," Rod Pedersen, a local sports journalist who does play-by-play announcing of the Roughriders, said Monday. "[That's] just my opinion. I love the man. Tons of respect. I just don't think it's right for Grey Cup week."
On the streets of Regina the debate was animated but many felt the Austin banner should remain, untouched.
"I think when he was part of the Riders ... he did a great job," one football fan told CBC News Monday. "I don't think it should be taken down."
Others thought it could be covered up, temporarily.
"It's the competition," another fan noted. "It's good to have him up there every other time of the year but for this week, an important game, they should maybe just cover it up."
Officials from the Roughriders organization said Monday the banner will be left alone.