Auburn Hires UNC's Larry Porter As TE Coach And Recruiting Coordinator

Ross Houston
February 12, 2017

Fountain is the third Auburn assistant who will not return to the sideline in 2017: Former defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff left to become the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss, and former offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee left for the same job at UConn.

Auburn has hired Larry Porter to coach tight ends and H-backs and to serve as recruiting coordinator.

Rivals named Porter Recruiter of the Year in 2007 and 2009, when he coached running backs under Les Miles at LSU.

"Larry is a true professional and will be a great addition to our staff", Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement released by the university.

Porter, 44, will replace tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Scott Fountain on staff after it was first reported that he had been dismissed earlier this week.

Porter has helped develop a number of top running backs in his career, including Tatum Bell and Vernand Morency at Oklahoma State, and Joseph Addai and Jacob Hester at LSU.

"I'm excited to have Tim serve as our special teams coordinator", Malzahn said. Under Porter last season, the Tar Heels finished as the one of the worst rushing attack, accumulating just 145.85 yards per game. As of the time I'm writing this, I don't believe Auburn has announced what his position will be, but I would assume he takes over the TE and/or special teams. Running back Elijah Hood, who rushed for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015, was a two-time All-ACC performer and ranks in the school's top 10 in career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

Porter and the Tigers had a "running back-by-committee" approach during the national championship season in 2007. In 2000 and 2001 at Arkansas State, Jonathan Adams put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons under Porter, rushing for 1,002 yards in 2000 and 1,004 yards in 2001. Carolina had the nation's most improved rushing game in 2015, averaging 1.99 more yards per carry than it did the previous season. Porter produced 1,000-yard rushers with the Red Wolves, Cowboys, Tigers and Tarheels.

Bobby Dyer is a Sports Writer at End Zone Score.

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