Longhorns hire former Arizona State assistant Porter to coach backs

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By Bill Frisbie, Inside Texas Lead Writer
Posted Jan 2, 2013
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It’s official: former Arizona State assistant Larry Porter was hired as Texas’ new running backs coach Wednesday. Porter fills the vacancy created when Major Applewhite was named Longhorn quarterback coach and play caller in December. Porter reunites with Longhorn assistants Stacey Searels and Bo Davis after also working on Les Miles’ staff at LSU.

This hire, in all probability, has Searles’ and Davis’ fingerprints all over it. Head coach Mack Brown leans heavily on endorsements from assistants when making a new hire.  He typically asks each to offer up to 10 suggestions before, collectively, narrowing the list the five candidates.

Porter’s stint at LSU (2005-2009) included the Tigers’ most recent national championship following the 2006 season.  Previously, he was running backs coach at Oklahoma State (2002-04).  His brief stint as Memphis’ head coach (2010-2011) led to his departure following a 3-21 record.

“We are very excited to have Larry Porter joining our staff,” Brown said. “He brings a wealth of experience and has a reputation as one of the best coaches and recruiters in our game. Larry has spent a great deal of time in the Big 12 and SEC and has a strong familiarity with our state and staff. During his time at Oklahoma State and LSU, he did a tremendous job recruiting Dallas and Houston. He also has worked with two of our current coaches in Bo Davis and Stacy Searels in previous positions and has been friends with Darrell Wyatt for a number of years, so that should make for a smooth transition. We’re really looking forward to having him in our program.”

Porter joins the Longhorns after one season as running backs coach at Arizona State. The Sun Devils averaged 205.3 rushing yards per game (NCAA No. 24). ASU ended the season with 380 yards rushing in a 62-28 win over Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

“I’m just really excited to be joining what I think is the best program in the country,” Porter said. “Having the opportunity to work under a man like Coach Brown, who I look at as a legend in college football, is an honor and a privilege. He has done so much for college football and is so well respected. I’m thrilled to be joining his staff and to be a part of a program that I’ve had such great admiration for."

Porter also served as LSU’s chief recruiter and worked both the Dallas and Houston areas. During Porter’s stint in Baton Rouge, LSU produced a 1,000-yard rusher in Jacob Hester with 1,103 yards (2007) and Charles Scott with 1,174 yards (2008). The Tigers averaged 214.1 rushing yards per game during its most recent national championship season. LSU also had five selected in the NFL Draft under Porter.

In three seasons at Oklahoma State (2002-04), he coached 1,000-yard rushers for three straight campaigns. In 2004, Porternand Morency earned second-team All-Big 12 honors after rushing for 1,474 yards and 12 touchdowns. A year earlier, Tatum Bell earned first-team All-Big 12 honors with 1,286 yards and 16 touchdowns.




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