After a few days of uncertainty as to where Auburn would go to fill out its coaching staff, it was announced this morning that Larry Porter, running backs coach from UNC, would be coming to the Plains. As of the time I’m writing this, I don’t believe Auburn has announced what his position will be, but I would assume he takes over the TE and/or special teams. I can’t imagine they would move Horton off of running backs.
Porter, a running back and captain of the early 1990’s Memphis teams, has nearly 20 years coaching experience. After starting as a RB coach for UT-Martin in ‘98, Porter went on to coach running backs at Arkansas State, Oklahoms State, and LSU, under Les Miles at OSU and LSU. Porter was hired at Memphis in 2010 as a head coach at his alma mater, but only won 3 games in 2 years. Porter spent the last few years as a running back coach at Arizona State, Texas, and UNC.
I'll be the first to say I don’t know a ton about Porter, but a quick glance at my Twitter feed this morning had a lot of excitement about the hire. He’s built a reputation as a great recruiter, and with his resume it looks like he would have connections across the southeast and even into Big 12 country. Porter was named the Rivals National Recruiter of the Year in 2007 and 2009.
Despite being at Arizona State a few years ago, I don't think he has any connection to Chip Lindsey or Kodi. Being at UNC, though, I can’t help but wonder if the newly retired Gene Chizik helped push him towards Auburn.
War Eagle, Coach Porter! We can’t wait to see what you can do down here on the Plains.