Nov 27, 2011 12:14 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Memphis fires Larry Porter after 2nd season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis has fired head coach Larry Porter after going 3-21 in two seasons leading his alma mater.

The university announced Porter's dismissal Sunday morning in a release. Porter's firing came after Saturday's 44-7 loss at Southern Mississippi, leaving the Tigers 2-10 this season. Fan interest in the program has been diminishing, including an estimated 2,500 for the Tigers' home finale against Marshall on Nov. 17. That increased pressure for a change.

Porter played running back at Memphis from 1990-93. He was hired Nov. 29, 2009, to replace Tommy West after a 2-10 season.

Porter spent five years on the LSU coaching staff under Les Miles where he had a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the nation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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