Porter hired as Memphis' coach

Updated: November 29, 2009, 5:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- LSU assistant coach Larry Porter, who's built a reputation for being one of the nation's best recruiters, will try to rebuild Memphis.

Porter replaces Tommy West, who was fired Nov. 9 after nine seasons. West coached the Tigers (2-10) the rest of the season, which ended with a 33-30 overtime loss at Tulsa on Friday.

"The Memphis job is the perfect job in the perfect place for me," said Porter, who accepted the job late Friday night. "I understand the Memphis brand. ...

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