MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - What is wrong with the Tiger football program? Is it the coach? Is it the players? Is the program cursed? Those are just some of the questions posed by Tiger fans young and old. One thing's sure, the losing has gotten old and supporters want to know what can be done to make the team better.
The now former head coach of the University of Memphis football team, Larry Porter found that out the hard way. Porter was fired after 2 years. With just 3 three wins in 24 games, Porter didn't win enough.
The football team was anything but spectacular. Fans say the university's financial commitment wasn't spectacular either, but U of M radio announcer, Dave Woloshin, disagrees. "In the last 2 years the money has been coming in, if you look at the indoor facility, look at the new grass fields, locker rooms, meeting rooms, they have put money into the program."
"It's not just more money," said University President Dr. Shirley Raines. She says the football team's success depends on one thing. "There has to be support."
Highland Hundred President Mike Fredi feels the same way. "We need the community support to help bring back to levels where it should be," he said. "There's a lot of things citizens of this city can do to help facilitate fund raising efforts doesn't matter how large or small."