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Report: Cornell turns to Austin to lead football program

Ithaca, NY (Sports Network) - Cornell University is reportedly set to announce the hiring of Ole Miss offensive coordinator Kent Austin as its new head football coach.

The school has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. (e.t.) on Wednesday

According to the Ithaca Journal, Austin will take over for Jim Knowles, who announced his resignation in December to take an assistant coaching job at Duke. The Big Red finished with a 2-8 record in 2009, the team's worst mark since 2003. Cornell was 26-34 in six seasons with Knowles at the helm.

Austin, a former Rebels quarterback, has been the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss for the last two seasons.

Prior to joining the Rebels coaching staff, Austin was the head coach of Saskatchewan of the Canadian Football League and guided the Roughriders to the 2007 Grey Cup title, earning CFL Coach of the Year honors in the process. He was also the offensive coordinator with Toronto of the CFL from 2004-2006.

01/26 16:01:19 ET