According to Geoff Calkins, the sports writer for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, after watching the meltdown of the Memphis football team at Southern Miss last Saturday the President of the University of Memphis told her Athletic Director, R.C. Johnson that "changes" needed to be made.
Larry Porter, the two year embattled football coach was fired and R.C. Johnson, after 16 years as AD, will be retiring by the summer of 2012.
Memphis has never been much of a football school. Porter was not the first coach to leave with a losing record. However, taking a page out of the Ole Miss playbook, it would appear that Dr. Raines is forming a committee made up of boosters and alumni to search for a new football coach. And is also going to hire a service to evaluate potential coaches as well.
Could be that Memphis is finally going to get serious about football, much like their former arch-rival Louisville did over a decade ago.
Here is good list of candidates hopefully Memphis will consider.