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                   === Memphis extends Fuente's contract ===
 
 Memphis,  TN (Sports  Network) - Memphis head coach Justin Fuente has received
 a one-year extension to his contract.
 
 Fuente's  contract, originally for five years when he was hired in December of
 2011, now runs through the 2017 football season.
 
 "Justin Fuente has met or exceeded every expectation we had for him during his
 first  ten months  as the  head coach  for the  Tiger football  program," said
 Memphis  director of athletics Tom Bowen. "His program made impressive strides
 throughout  the 2012 season and continues to be headed in the right direction.
 Now  we,  as a department,  need to  create a structure  of support to work in
 unison with Coach Fuente and his program."
 
 Memphis,  which  joins the Big East  Conference this fall, won its final three
 games  last  season and  finished 4-4  in Conference USA  and 4-8 overall. The
 Tigers, however, led the conference in total defense giving up 331.6 yards per
 game.
 
 Prior  to  joining Memphis, Fuente spent  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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/13 19:38:19 ET

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