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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: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:53 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Dude, you're saying a 40,000 seat stadium is TOO BIG for the Tigers.....a 40,000 seat stadium.....

40,000 seats is considered way too small for practically every other team in the country, and this team can't fill it up.  Yet, you are advocating tearing it down and building a new one, smaller I presume, that they CAN fill up.  Am I the only one who sees how completely illogical that is?  First, and try to keep up, if you can't fill a 40,000 seat stadium, then dude, you can't AFFORD to tear it down and build a smaller one.  And even if you could, once you built the smaller one, that size of a crowd is NOT going to maintain the football program.  

Here is what you do: drop to FCS, or Division 2, or do away with the program altogether. 

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:37 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Surprised Lawler could type out such a long email. His attention span, mental acuity and focus must have been taxed past the limits of any other Mensa wrestlers / self appointed experts.

What?  You obviously do not know anything about Jerry Lawler but we forgive your ignorance. 

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:19 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Everybody in Memphis knows that they aren't going to be able to compete with the SEC for recruits in football.  DUH!!!!!  But they should be able to get kids that can compete against Conference USA schools.  Tommy West had that going for him.  

Top Three Things to do for University of Memphis:

1)  Actually, put some money into the program by building better facilities.  Memphis University School (local high school) has better facilities than U of M. 

2) Fire RC Johnson.  He is never going to help with the football side of things.  Not to mention all of his previous fu*K ups. 

3)  Demolish the Liberty Bowl and build a 40,000 seat stadium ANYWHERE . . . . it doesn't have to be on-campus.  You could keep it in the same area but it needs to be replaced.  The Liberty Bowl is too BIG for the Tigers.  Not to mention that it is a POS.  Nobody wants to support a team that can't put the fans in the stadium.  They can't even fill up half of the stadium unless an SEC team comes to town.  Instead of having a 60,000 seat stadium that you can never fill . . . . get a new smaller one that you can fill.     
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:17 pm

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Fold the program. Offer wrestling and talking $shit. There is nothing to be gained from this, as there is nothing to be gained from masquarading as a school that will put forward a football program in order to qualify for other athletic programs it excels in.

I get the SEC thing. I get the kids on scholarships thing. But look at it from another angle...what life skills have you taught the kids that come out, play, and get told they are playing for the worst team in America, and are reminded by a humiliating piece of trash like this?

If you do not think that these kids are in it for life skills, then it supports the need to disband the NCAA (which I am proudly on record for doing). Surprised Lawler could type out such a long email. His attention span, mental acuity and focus must have been taxed past the limits of any other Mensa wrestlers / self appointed experts.

Memphis is a beautiful city, nice college, great and loyal fan base. Still see no compelling reason to offer football if you are not going to do it to win.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:55 am

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

@BoonMingMitMee, I care about UMemphis football moron ! Why do you even bother coming on a sports article about anything Memphis ?? You must have a crush on the city or something. Besides this, you commented on Lorenzen Wright too. Just stick to your Pitt sports world troll. There are some people who care about Memphis college sports.

@ Tiger51, you can carry your sorry butt up the road as well. Jerry Lawler would have made a decent better mayor than the thief that was  mayor of Memphis for 20 years. You know who I'm talking about, without mentioning his name. Lawler is only stating what many Memphis citizens are thinking about the sorry state of UMemphis football. When you get crushed 40+ points and outgained by 500 yards by Arkansas St., something sure needs to be said and done.

Having addressed the two losers, I echo what another poster said. The problem, among others is that Memphis is smack in the middle of SEC country. Surrounded by Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Mississippi St., it is hard to attract quality players to Memphis. But THAT is because Memphis has no new state-of-the-art practice facilities. They don't have a stadium on campus. They have the rundown, archaic Liberty Bowl nearby and rundown tired old practice facility. Memphis is behind the SEC schools in these things and a few others.

But R.C. Johnson and Larry Porter need to be shown the door too. Bet UM wishes it still had Tommy West. He tried to tell them. But, as usual, Memphis and R.C. didn't listen.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:45 am

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Come on!  This is a former professional wrestler who now does color, actually makes smart remarks, on a WWE Wrestling Program.  His biggest claim to fame as a wrestler was his fued with Andy Kaufman and he is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.  Don't see any fame in a pro wrestling Hall of Fame to tell you the truth.  It's all a show!

As for College Football he is a fan like everybody else that follows his hometown Memphis college football team.  What does he or any fan in Memphis expect, for them to recruit and compete with the likes of Tennessee or the SEC teams? 

Nothing against Lawler or Memphis but kids with talent in his area normally want to attend an SEC team.

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:43 am

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

King should give Stone Cold Steve Austin a call! Austin will open up a big can of whoopa$$ on Porter...stomp a mudhole in him and walk it dry!! LMAO

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:35 am

Lawler for Mayor

People in memphis should have elected Lawler mayor the other year when he ran for office and this kind of thing would never have happened.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:13 am

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

The problem isn't the coaches or the AD. Memphis is unfortunately right in the middle of SEC country, and the best talent would be foolish to consider Memphis. So all you get are the kids who unfortunately can't compete (not an insult, they are certainly better than I ever could be). But Memphis will NEVER be good. Never. No matter how great a coach they get, he will be unable to turn around this pitiful program.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:03 am

WWE's Lawler wants Memphis HC Porter fired

Yea, those thinking Porter is fine must have been asleep the 10 years prior. Had Tommy West not happened, pitiful seasons like last year (and probably this year) would be expected. Like someone said, Tommy West was the best thing that could happen... though DeAngelo Williams didnt' hurt.

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