Sources have confirmed to Hookem.com a report that Larry Porter will be named as the next running backs coach at Texas. There has been no word on when the announcement will be made official, but sources have confirmed that Porter is the pick.
Porter is said to have interviewed with Texas yesterday.
Porter has deep ties to the state of Texas as a recruiter. He recruited the state first for Oklahoma State from 2002-2004, then at LSU from 2005-2009.
Porter left LSU in 2009 to take the head coaching position at his alma mater, Memphis, where he was let go prior .
Porter then took an open position on Todd Graham's staff in Tempe, Ariz.
The 40-year old Porter has 14 years of experience coaching running backs on the collegiate level, starting his career at Tennessee-Martin before heading to Arkansas State, then on to O-State, LSU, Memphis and Arizona State.
Porter is considered an ace recruiter, once being named the national recruiter of the year by Rivals.com. Porter has tutored numerous NFL running backs, including Joe Addai and Tatum Bell.
Porter was involved with Willie Lyles. I don't care too much about that stuff but UT fans loved to flaunt their independence from street agents as a badge of honor.
Arizona State assistant coach Larry Porter is expected to be named the Longhorns’ new running backs coach, perhaps as early as Wednesday, a source close to the Texas program said Tuesday night. Porter, 40, will fill the vacancy created when Major Applewhite took over coaching quarterbacks as UT’s primary offensive co-coordinator after Bryan Harsin left to become head coach at Arkansas State. Porter spent 2010-2011 as head coach at the University of Memphis before being dismissed with a 3-21 record. He became the running backs coach at Arizona State in 2012 and the Sun Devils averaged 205.3 rushing yards per game to rank 24th in the nation. Regarded as an outstanding recruiter, Porter coached running backs at Oklahoma State from 2002-2004 before taking the same position at LSU, where he coached from 2005-2009. He has worked on staffs at LSU with current Longhorns assistant coaches Stacey Searels and Bo Davis.
Porter was involved with Willie Lyles.
It's gonna be interesting to see what happens when Brown leaves... do you guys see a lot of the current assistant staff being retained? IMO, UT would benefit from a total cutting of ties from the Mack Brown Era.... not that he or his assistants are solid coaches, but the program needs a new, more hard-nozed attitude.