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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: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:29 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

"To be the man, you gotta beat the MAN!!!! "WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

sounds like Memphis would settle for beating anybody...

In the end, the fact that a celebrity says so doesn't make it so... and the fact that a pro wrestling announcer says so doesn't make it false either. On the other hand, having a record of 1-13 over the last two years, 0-2 this year, and having been outscored 584-190 during that time, 106-17 this year, suggests that Lawler is closer to right than wrong...

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:04 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

1.  The opinion has been growing for RC Johnson to step down or be fired.  I have a hard time believing he can hold onto his job much longer.  His ability to be an effective leader (i.e., fund raiser) has to be greatly diminished.  A lot of Memphis fans want him gone, but I'll believe it when I see it.  Geoff Calkins (sports writer for the Memphis Commercial Appeal) summed it up best when he said bad football at Memphis wasn't caused by RC, but in 15 years, it certainly hasn't been cured by him either.

2.   Can the list of "tags" at the bottom of the article get ANY longer???

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:02 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Mark my word. R.C. Johnson will resign either this Friday or beginning of next week.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:55 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Let me get this straight:  A guy who has spent his life wearing ridiculously tight spandex outfits, rolling around the mat with steroid freaks in their underwear PRETENDING to fight has the audacity to call anyone or anything a laughing stock?

Wasn't this a guy who recently had to, as a part of his job, have to suck on some other dude's feet?

Wow.  When you're that much of a clown, you seriously have some sack using the term "laughing stock" to describe anything.

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:41 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

No, moron.  I am saying a 40,000 seat stadium is perfect for the Tigers.  The Liberty Bowl is 60,000 seats.  It's too big for them.  A 40,000 seat stadium can be loud and fun to play in (ask the folks up in Eugene . . . . I think they played for a national title last year).  You fail!  Now, try to follow me on this one, go away and post stupid comments elsewhere. 

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:40 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

I think our fan base is honest too... We know we're Memphis and we're not UT or Bama, but we could at least get 4-6 wins a year and been somewhat competitive

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:37 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Let's be honest....

there is way more support for the Football team from the local fan base than has ever been derserved.

This is a pretty passionate group of fans who every year gets their heart stepped on by a AC and university president who cares nothing for the game or program. Every year - Fans line up and hope and are usually crushed, I think we're the local cubs

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:30 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

When the King of Memphis wants something done, people at Memphis need to listen.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:48 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

I just don't buy the argument that because of the location of the University of Memphis, it will never have a good program.  Obviously they put together a strong program with Deangelo Williams and Danny Wimprine.  Memphis' program was in the Top Ten in yardage and scoring in the 2003 and 2004 seasons with their spread offense.  There are plenty of other programs smack dab in the middle of power conferences which have put together successful programs including Central Florida, South Florida, Houston, Louisville, and Southern Mississippi.  I fully agree that if Memphis wants to improve their program, they must build updated practice and training facilities, and upgrade the Liberty Bowl.  If the school is unwilling to invest in the program, it will continue to suffer dreadful losses to teams like Arkansas State.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 1:32 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

The King teelling it to you in the RAW!!!! Time to pile drive the coach!!!!!!!!!!!!

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