Larry Porter, Former Memphis HC, Joins Staff

The former North Carolina running backs coach and special teams coordinator for the last three seasons was hired by Auburn on Saturday, filling the vacancy on the coaching staff left by Scott Fountain, who was relieved of his duties as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator earlier in the week.

UNC also loses an extremely talented recruiter, who was instrumental in the recruitment of 2017 running backs Atwuan Branch and Michael Carter, defensive tackle Jordon Riley, cornerback Dazz Newsome, and kicker Noah Ruggles. He's good in living rooms and I think he's a really good addition as far as a recruiter for Auburn.

Porter, a running back and captain of the early 1990's Memphis teams, has almost 20 years coaching experience. "He has assembled a great staff and has all of the pieces to pursue a championship".

As LSU's running backs coach, Porter helped develop some of the finest players at that position in LSU's history.

According to, Porter was responsible for being the primary recruiter for three five-star prospects to LSU (wide receiver Russell Shepard in 2009, wide receiver Terrance Toliver to LSU in 2007 and safety Craig Loston in 2007). Auburn has a great football tradition and I can't wait to get started.

"Larry is a true professional and will be a great addition to our staff", Malzahn said. His biggest contribution was helping to turn Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan into two of the best running backs in the ACC. He earned the same honor from Rivals in 2009 and 2007.

The Auburn football program has added a highly respected recruiter to its staff. In 2000 and 2001 at Arkansas State, Jonathan Adams put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons under Porter, rushing for 1,002 yards in 2000 and 1,004 yards in 2001. The Tar Heels' rushing offense finished 18th in the country in 2015 averaging 224.4 yard per game, the highest average per game since 1994.

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