Memphis has a short list of five targets to be its next coach, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.
Citing sources close to the process, the paper reported LSU assistant head coach/running backs Larry Porter, North Alabama coach Terry Bowden, Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer and Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster are the targets to replace Tommy West.
"There are an awful lot of people out there who are pretty excited about this job," Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson told the paper, not confirming any names.
Some believe Memphis will go with an offensive-minded coach. That would bode well for all of the candidates but Foster.
The top target may be Porter, who at 37 also is the youngest. He's a former Memphis running back. Brewer, 45, and Stockstill, 51, have strong offensive backgrounds.
Troubled Vols stay home
None of the three Tennessee players arrested will travel to Mississippi for the Volunteers game against the Rebels on Saturday, according to VolQuest.com.
True freshmen defensive back Mike Edwards, safety Janzen Jackson and receiver Nu'Keese Richardson were arrested and charged with armed robbery early Thursday morning.
Richardson remains in jail. Edwards is out on $19,500 bond and Jackson was released on his own recognizance.
Tennessee is making a push for a bowl, having won two in a row and three of its last four games. The Vols need two more victories to earn bowl eligibility. After playing at Ole Miss, Tennessee plays host to Vanderbilt before finishing the year at Kentucky.