Per Ryan O'Halloran - Washington Times
Memphis insider: #Redskins asst. Gray "far and away" favorite. FedEx Fred Smith carries big-time weight (re:$$$) within athletic dept.
Sources: Gray to be hired at Memphis
Memphis is expected to announce Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray as its new head coach, multiple people familiar with the process said Tuesday.
Source: Memphis to tap LSU's Porter
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By Joe Schad
Memphis will have a new coach in LSU assistant Larry Porter, a source with direct knowledge of the search said Saturday.
Porter, in his fifth year as running backs coach at LSU, is also assistant head coach and chief recruiter on Les Miles' staff in Baton Rouge.
Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray had been a favorite for the job, but Memphis apparently chose to go in another direction.
Saturday, Gray said "one day it will be the right opportunity" to be a head coach.
Porter, a former Memphis player, was considered the lead candidate to replace Tommy West early in the process. Memphis (2-10, 1-7 Conference USA) fired West on Nov. 9.
Gray emerged as a favorite largely on the support of Memphis booster Fred Smith, the founder of Memphis-based Federal Express. Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs recommended Gray and it was expected he would be Memphis' choice.
An official announcement has not been scheduled.
LSU plays Arkansas on Saturday night.
Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN
Gray interviewed this week and was a finalist for the position along with LSU running backs coach Larry Porter.
The announcement, assuming there are no unforeseen developments, is not expected to come until after Memphis has played its final game under outgoing coach Tommy West.
Porter played for Memphis and was long considered a favorite for the position.
But Gray was recommended to Memphis by Joe Gibbs, one source said, and had a connection to Fred Smith, the key Memphis booster and founder of FedEx, who is also tied in to the Redskins organization.
Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.com. Senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen contributed to this report.