Group trying to "Save Memphis Tiger Football" confident about future

(WMC-TV) - With both the University of Memphis head football coach and the Athletic Director out, Tiger football fans are concerned about saving the program.

Now that the search is underway for a new football coach and athletic director at the University of Memphis, Rod Tigrett is confident the school will be able to pull through.

"We're glad to see the university and the president of the university has stepped up and made some decisions," he said Tuesday. "We are sad to hear about coach Porter. We as a group feel he deserved another year and also a viral support system."

Tigrett is a member of Save Memphis Tiger Football. The group recently launched a new social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter to demand change.

Some fans have lost interest in the struggling Tiger football team because, they say, the university has neglected its football program for years.

"You date back to Fred Pancoast and if you track back through the record and you rake a look at everything, we're up and down, up and down - it's a roller coaster ride. And I know there are a lot of programs out there, but this is Memphis, Tennessee. We are home of the Tigers. This is Tiger Nation," Tigrett said.

That's why members of Save Memphis Tiger Football are committed to helping the current Memphis athletic administration improve all areas of the Tiger Football program.

"We as a group feel the football program has been playing second fiddle to everything else out there, and it's time as a community we band together and tell the university it's time to change and invest in our football program."

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