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            === TCU's Fuente takes over Memphis football program ===
 
 Memphis,  TN (Sports  Network) - Memphis has named Justin Fuente, co-offensive
 coordinator at TCU, its next head football coach.
 
 Fuente agreed to a five-year contract and replaces Larry Porter, who was fired
 late  last month after going 3-21 in two seasons with the Tigers. He will earn
 a  guaranteed  $900,000  in  2012, while  his  contract  includes  performance
 incentives.
 
 The  Memphis job  is Fuente's first as  head coach. He has spent the last five
 seasons  on Gary  Patterson's TCU staff, initially joining in February 2007 as
 running   backs  coach.  He  was  promoted  to  co-offensive  coordinator  and
 quarterbacks coach in 2009.
 
 "The  University  of Memphis is pleased  to welcome Justin Fuente to the Tiger
 family,"  said  Memphis president Dr.  Shirley Raines. "Justin is an energetic
 and  enthusiastic coach  who has guided a highly successful offense at TCU and
 was instrumental in its Rose Bowl win last year."
 
 TCU  went  13-0 in 2010  with Fuente as  play-caller, beating Wisconsin in the
 Rose  Bowl.  It was the Horned  Frogs' second consecutive BCS bowl appearance,
 following their Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State.
 
 In Fuente's three seasons as coordinator, TCU set single-season school records
 for  touchdowns,  points scored and first  downs, while also ranking among the
 nation's  most productive  offensive units. From 2009-11, the Horned Frogs won
 35  of 38  contests,  including a  24-game  win streak  in  the Mountain  West
 Conference.
 
 "This  is a big challenge, and I am so ready for this challenge," Fuente said.
 "I've  been dreaming of this moment for a long, long time. This is the place I
 want  to  be for as  long as you'll  have me. I'm so  honored today to be your
 football  coach. I'm honored  to be a member of your community. I'm honored to
 have my family here. I'm honored to wear blue and be a Tiger."
 
 The  Tulsa native  played quarterback at Oklahoma from 1996-97, and has helped
 develop  record-setting quarterbacks  for  TCU. He  tutored  Andy Dalton,  who
 became  the  school's career leader  in every major  passing category and is a
 current  NFL  Rookie of  the  Year  candidate.  TCU's current  starter,  Casey
 Pachall, is on pace to surpass Dalton's senior season totals.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/08 16:52:03 ET