Porter Named Memphis Football Head Coach
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE – Memphis officially named LSU associate head coach and running backs coach Larry Porter as its head coach on Sunday afternoon.
Porter, who is a 1996 graduate of Memphis, has served on the LSU staff since the 2005 season. Porter was also on Les Miles’ staff for three years at Oklahoma State.
Porter is the third LSU assistant coach under Miles to get a head coaching job in as many years. Former LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini was named the Nebraska head coach following the 2007 season, while Bradley Dale Peveto just completed his first year as the head coach at Northwestern State.
"I remember this young coach when he interviewed for a job at Oklahoma State," Miles said of Porter. "He had a great attention to detail, had a great presentation and just understood exactly how to do the job. I always interview four or five guys and he was just a standout.
"He has done nothing but grow in experience and in capabilities. I have had some assistant head coaches, but none like Larry Porter."
Porter takes over for former Memphis coach Tommy West, who guided the Tigers to a 2-10 overall mark this year. West was 49-61 at Memphis, taking the Tigers to five bowl games in six years.
"The Memphis job is the perfect job in the perfect place for me," said Porter, who accepted the job late Friday night. "I understand the Memphis brand. I believe in it unconditionally. I have a conviction, a passion about it, and a vision that allows me to walk into homes in this community, talk to the student body and faculty and get them to believe in that vision."
Porter ranks sixth in career rushing at Memphis with 2,194 yards, and scored 20 touchdowns from 1990-93.