Memphis Tigers hire new Football Coach
Memphis hired TCU co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente on Thursday to take over the Tigers’ struggling football program.
The 35-year-old Fuente, who has spent the past three seasons leading the Horned Frogs’ offense, was introduced at a news conference. He will be paid $900,000 in 2012 as part of a five-year contract.
The Tigers fired coach Larry Porter after their season-ending 44-7 to eventual Conference USA champion Southern Miss on Nov. 26. Porter was 3-21 in two seasons as head coach of his alma mater.
“We’re going to run this program as a family,” said Fuente, whose wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 2 months, attended the news conference. “Families are honest. Families work hard. Families get results together.”
Fuente said he plans to make practices accessible to the media — something Porter did not do — and speak at any Boy Scout or Kiwanis Club event that he is invited to as he tries to bring fans back to the program.
“I’m going to go out and beat pots and pans in the street if I have to,” Fuente said