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Tigers fire head coach Larry Porter

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Memphis Tigers have fired head coach Larry Porter. The school announced the move on Sunday night.

Porter guided the Tigers to a 3-21 record in two seasons.

Larry Porter is seen here as the Memphis Tigers head coach (Getty Images)

Larry Porter is seen here as the Memphis Tigers head coach (Photo by USA Today Sports Images)

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

During the press conference, Johnson also announced that he is retiring. He has been the school’s athletic director since 1995.

Prior to Johnson’s announcement, his contract was good through 2013.

Porter went 1-11 during his first season with the team in 2010. He then went 2-10 this season, including a 1-7 conference record in Conference USA. They were 1-15 overall in conference play.

Only other Tigers head coach has had a worse record than Porter had in his two seasons. In 1920, Elmore George went 0-5 for a 0.000 win percentage in his only season as Memphis head coach.

This was Porter’s first head coaching job. Prior to accepting the Tigers head coaching job, he was the LSU Tigers running backs coach.

He also coached at Tennessee-Martin, Arkansas State, and Oklahoma State.

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