The Memphis coaching staff is a very solid one and a staff that has turned a program around. Under Coach Fuente, the Tigers are battling for the AAC title and are headed to a bowl game at the end of the year. Let’s learn more about him and his staff for this game. Trust me, they are very good at what they do.
Head coach Justin Fuente – Coach Fuente is entering his third year at Memphis and has turned the Tigers program around. Both on offense and defense the Tigers are progressing as he and his staff continue to rebuild them. Before Fuente came to Memphis, he was the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at TCU from 2007 to 2011. Before that he was an assistant from 2001 to 2006 at Illinois State. The Tigers offense is putting up more yards and the defense is getting better with more takeways over the past few years. He is one of the better young coaches in college football and the results on the field are proof of his work and accomplishments. He will have his team ready for the Bulls in this game.
Offensive coordinator/running backs coach Darrell Dickey – Dickey is entering his 2nd year with the Tigers program and brings a balanced spread offense that uses the running game well. Over the past two years, the Tigers have increased their total yardage and rushing yards each game, showing his coaching is working. Before he took over at Memphis, Dickey spent time with Texas State, New Mexico, and Utah State, all spread offenses that were known for strong ground games. Look for the Tigers to run it right at the USF defense and spread the field in the passing game.
Defensive coordinator/Safeties coach Barry Odom – Odom is entering his third season with Memphis. In his 3 years, much like the offense, the defense has been posting better numbers each season. Each season, the Tigers have improved in yardage allowed and have increased the numbers of turnovers forced. Odom came to Memphis after spending 9 years at Missouri as an assistant coach. During that time, Odom learned how to deal with spread offenses and knows how to get his team in their 3-4 front in position to take down anything that comes at them.