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Coaches Austin, Chamblin discuss Grey Cup matchup

TSN.ca Staff

11/20/2013 4:28:36 PM

In preparation for the 101st Grey Cup, Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin and Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin met with the media to discuss their teams' progress and readiness to play for the championship.

Austin does not believe the game-time temperature is going to be an advantage for either side heading into the Grey Cup.

"We don't think about (the cold)," said Austin. "I'm not even sure how you would determine an advantage. Our guys have played in bad weather and this is for a championship."

Chamblin has decided to have his players stay in a hotel to get ready for the Tiger-Cats, in an attempt to separate them from the hype.

"The biggest thing is I want them to stay in their routine and not deviate from the normal," said Chamblin.

One of the big additions this season for the Roughriders has been veteran wide receiver Geroy Simon, who according to his coach, has made a difference both on and off the field.

"Anytime you have Superman in the building, a lot of things are expected," said Chamblin. "He's brought that veteran leadership to our team. He's helped the guys understand that it's a full long season and helped them bounce back."

Quarterback Henry Burris will lead the Ticats into the Grey Cup and according to his coach, he continues to thrive in the CFL because of the hard work he puts into his game.

"Henry's success is due to Henry," said Austin. "He's a determined pro who prepares hard. He's unbelievable to coach, he's very coachable. Henry's place in the history of this league is solid."

Austin has always thought very highly of Roughriders QB Darian Durant who he will face in the championship.

"(Durant) is dedicated, bright, tough," said Austin. "I see a maturity in how he plays; he has a knack for the big play."

While the Roughriders will practice indoors on Wednesday, the Tiger-Cats will hold theirs outdoors as they prepare for the elements.

 "If you saw our players faces when they walked outside you'd know why," said Austin.
 
As for the question of players having sex before the big game, Chamblin wants his team to do anything that will help them capture the big prize.

"If that's what it takes for them to win a championship, go right ahead," said Chamblin.