Several media outlets, including The Commercial Appeal and ESPN, are reporting that Larry Porter has been dismissed as the head coach of the Memphis football program. Porter was hired because of his ties to Memphis (played football for the Tigers) and his recruiting skills at Oklahoma State and LSU. Memphis fans quickly learned that being an ace recruiter at top 5 football schools doesn't guarantee the leadership skills needed to be a head football coach. In Porter's two seasons, the Tigers have finished with a 3-21 record.
So who will be the next head coach? Rumors are flying that Houston Nutt may be in line. This would be a horrible choice. Nutt may have been a solid coach at one point, but he is past his prime.
The better option would be Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze. The former Briarcrest coach is familiar with Memphis and would have the support of some of the major donors.
How much longer can the Memphis athletic department survive under the less-than-stellar leadership provided RC Johnson?