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In Tommy West's last season at Memphis, the Tigers went just 2-10. Larry Porter was brought in to improve the talent level starting with the local athletes.  Porter was credited with bringing in some talent; however two seasons later, Larry Porter was released Sunday after winning just 3 games in 2 seasons. 

Porter inherited a difficult situation without much depth or talent. In both of his seasons, Porter started true freshman quarterbacks.

The Memphis job is currently a difficult one. Tennessee historically has dominated the state in terms of recruiting. Vanderbilt is clearly on the rise. Ole Miss, just an hour away, will soon have a new coach, who undoubtedly will recruit the Memphis area hard. Even Arkansas State is now taking some players from the city. We understand the athletic director plans to step down within the year as well. At a school who's basketball team has done quite well, the commitment to the football program has not been so clear. Local financial support (i.e. Fedex) isn't as strong as it could be and is something the new staff and administration will need to shore up. 

Couple all of that with the fact that inner-city Memphis is seeing increases in crime and poverty as well as education issues and this won't be an easy place to win. 

Attendance was very, very low this season and it's going to take some new found excitement to begin to fill the Liberty Bowl again. Hate to use the term; but this really sounds like a rebuilding job. 

 

 

 

Monday TV

Monday night football...the dome's going to be loud. 

All times are eastern.

NFL:

NY Giants at New Orleans - 8:30 - ESPN

College:

No games.

High School:

No games.

 

Video: Zook's statement

Always a very difficult day for any coach. Ron Zook handled it with class.

In making the announcement, Illinois' AD was extremely complimentary of Zook as a person (called him an A+ person) and a leader (just felt the football team needed someone new at the helm).

46 teams still have games to play

A lot of coaching moves today and there will be plenty more this week...and 46 teams still have games to play. 

Here's a look at what's left to go. 

Thursday December 1, 2011

West Virginia at South Florida - 8pm - ESPN

Friday December 2, 2011

MAC championship game: Ohio vs. Northern Illinois - 7pm - ESPN2

Pac-12 championship game: UCLA vs. Oregon - 8pm - Fox

Saturday December 3, 2011

Syracuse at Pittsburgh - 12 - ESPN2 

Conference USA title game: Southern Miss at Houston - 12 - ABC

Connecticut at Cincinnati - 12 - ESPN 

Iowa State at Kansas State - 12:30

Wyoming at Colorado State  - 2

UNLV at TCU - 2:30 - Versus

Utah State at New Mexico State - 3:30 

Texas at Baylor - 3:30 - ABC

LA - Monroe at Florida Atlantic - 4

SEC Championship game: Georgia at LSU - 4 - CBS

Middle Tennessee at North Texas - 4

Idaho at Nevada - 4:05 

Troy at Arkansas State - 4:30 

New Mexico at Boise State - 6

BYU at Hawaii - 7:30 - ESPN2 

Fresno State at San Diego State - 8 

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State - 8 - ABC

ACC Championship game: Virginia Tech vs. Clemson - 8 - ESPN 

Big Ten Championship game: Wisconsin vs. Michigan State - 8:17 - FOX

Saturday December 10, 2011

Army at Navy - 2:30 - CBS

Steve Spurrier with the quote of the night

From last night, after South Carolina beat Clemson 34-13, head ball coach offered this one up to keep the fans from Clemson livid all off-season...

"We aren't LSU and we aren't Alabama. But we sure ain't Clemson." 

Steve Spurrier ladies and gentlemen. 

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