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WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 4:09 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Somewhat suddenly, Memphis has become the kind of football team that's capable of garnering national attention. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of attention the Tigers would like; after being on the receiving end of out-and-out hammerings from Mississippi State (understandable) and the Sun Belt's Arkansas State (dramatically less so), Larry Porter's team is the clear leader in the race to be named the Worst Team in the FBS.

So embarrassing have the losses been that Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson was compelled this week to offer Porter an emphatic vote of confidence--just two weeks into Porter's second season at the helm. But unfortunately for Porter, the support from Johnson (himself a not-entirely-popular figure among many Memphis fans these days) won't do much to win over a Tiger fanbase that just saw the Tigers outgained 611-169 by the Red Wolves. (That former Memphis-area high school coach Hugh Freeze -- Michael Oher's coach in The Blind Side -- is now in charge at Arkansas State only adds insult to injury.)

For one high-profile example of how badly Porter needs a popularity boost, look to famous former wrestler, current WWE personality and Memphis legend Jerry "The King" Lawler, who this week e-mailed local Commercial-Appeal columnist Geoff Calkins his opinion on Porter and Johnson. That opinion is not one that's going to do either of them any favors:
Hi Geoff,

This is just a quick note to commend you for ... tell[ing] it exactly like it is concerning the sorry state of the University of Memphis football program ... Memphis football is a laughing stock to the rest of the nation and an embarrassment to anyone from this city.  Stick to your guns, keep shouting the truth...Memphis football will never improve until both Porter and Johnson are gone!
If Lawler's assessment is one shared by the majority of Memphis supporters -- and after these breutal first two weeks, we'd be surprised if it wasn't -- Porter's seat may only get hotter from here. If there's any coach that needs a victory worse that Porter does this week at home against FCS Austin Peay (likely the Tigers' best opportunity at a win this season), we certainly haven't seen him.

UPDATE: It's not Johnson or Porter just yet, but heads at Memphis have started to roll; with the Tigers mired at dead last in the country in total defense, defensive coordinator Jay Hopson has been fired. Per the Commercial-Appeal's Kyle Veazey, Hopson will be replaced by co-coordinators Galen Scott and Mike Dubose, the latter famous for his tenure as head coach at Alabama.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:00 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

wait..memphis has a football team?  and who the hell is jerry lawler?

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:30 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

he is so  right . give it up to him for sayying  wht we all think! get tht ass king

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:10 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Long Live The King!

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:10 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Who could blame jerry for speaking his mind?? MEMPHIS is a recruiting hotbed and has some high profile boosters also this is the same school that went to a bowl in 2003-04-05-07-08 so its proven you can win there but since larry porter was hired there 1-15 and not even competitive??> maybe jerrys speaken up for some of the boosters. in the south football is a serious subject and memphis has no excuse for being as bad as they are unless its coaching this is porters second yr when its agreed the second yr and second game is when you are suppose to make your biggest improvement but being blowed out by the local high school coach in your 2nd game in your 2nd yr has to have some of the boosters fumming

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:12 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

I dont see why anyone could be hating on lawler for his comments. He seems to really understand how chitty memphis is. come on to be beat up by arkansas st. then be mad at him for his comments. ridiculous....

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 6:44 pm

Put up or shut up

Lawler should be made Memphis' head football coach immediately.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 6:34 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Funny but that is what is also deciding our elections. Funny people in tights rolling around on drugs.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 6:21 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

BONK...if your gonna complain, do so with facts. It wasn't Lawler who had to kiss a foot, it was his opponent that ended up kissing his foot. And last I checked, if your speaking of athletes wearing spandex. What material is it that Football player's wear for pants? Come on dude. Is that your BIG argument towards Lawler having an opinion on his local Tigers. Your not much for a good complaint are ya. What do Olympic athletes wear? Football player's? Heck, baseball player's wear tight pants. UH OH!!! Go put your training bra on and come back when you develop a sense of know how or atleast a worth while comment.

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 6:15 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Hate to say it King but the state of the WWE right now is a laughing stock and just as bad.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:53 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Long live the King!

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