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Porter out as Memphis’ head coach

Larry Porter AP

Eight down — 10 if you include Ohio State and North Carolina — and who knows how many head coaches to go.

In a press release confirming a morning’s worth of speculation, Memphis announced that Larry Porter has been relieved of his head-coaching duties effective immediately.  Porter, who played for the Tigers, had just completed his second season at the school.

A press conference will be held Monday  to discuss the coaching change and what the future may hold at the position.

“We want to thank Coach Porter for his efforts as our football coach but believe that it is in the best interest of our program to make a change at this point,” said Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. “We were proud to have Larry Porter, one of our former football lettermen, as our head coach and wish him nothing but the best in his future athletic endeavors.”

“The expectations for the 2011 season were to see marked improvement in the team.  Now that the season has been completed, I do not feel that we have seen enough improvement for the future to justify keeping this football staff in place for another year.”

Porter came to Memphis from LSU in November of 2009 as Tommy West‘s replacement, compiling a 3-21 record in his brief time with the Tigers.

As for potential replacements, I’m just going to go ahead and assume that Mike Leach will be a candidate at some point.

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4 Responses to “Porter out as Memphis’ head coach”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 27, 2011 12:28 PM

    LOL, on the Leach comment. I don’t think even he would take the job. Then again, when you have been mentioned for 50 jobs as head coach after getting fired and have yet to land one, can you afford to be choosy? Somebody is bound to hire him sooner or later, if he just keeps his mouth shut and forgets about his firing. The way he rages on, no teams wants the headache he brings with his mouth. If he would just eat a little humble pie, let the courts settle the thing about his firing and concentrate on being hired, he might get a job.

  2. deltamyhome says: Nov 27, 2011 1:27 PM

    Houston Nutt…Perfect fit, Houston can recruit Arkansas and Mississippi, Tennessee as well as other states…A good coach and good recruiter, no matter what the beer joint bullies say…Houston Nutt is motivated and hungry. A good man and great coach.

  3. boomrzdad says: Nov 27, 2011 11:58 PM

    Memphis better hire someone that will bring some respect to the program if they want to compete with “the big boys” like their A. D. stated recently. Didn’t he say they deserved to be part of the SEC? They’re bringing up the ASS END of C-USA with big time programs like UAB, UTEP & MARSHALL in their conference. Houston Nutt is a name but he failed miserably at Ole Miss – as they brought up the ASS END of the SEC.

    In this case, A.D. will probably stand for ABSOLUTE DUMBASS — not Athletic Director Let’s see how good this fits in a couple weeks.
    Where’s Spook Murphy??

  4. itstariq says: Nov 28, 2011 12:28 PM

    Knowing their AD, they’ll probably try to coax Saban from Bama.

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