Fuente with three spots to fill

University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente filled the majority of his staff rather quickly.

University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente filled the majority of his staff rather quickly.

But he told TigerAuthority.com that he's in no real hurry to fill the remaining three vacancies — the defensive line, running backs, and offensive coordinator positions. "I wanna kinda take a step back," Fuente said. "I can handle all the offensive questions from recruits. I'm not in any real hurry. There's a few guys that we're talking to who are in bowl games. We're trying to let that play its course."

Now that bowl season is approaching its end, Fuente will likely make those hires soon. The dead recruiting period ends on Wednesday and it's vital for Fuente to have a near-full staff when he hit's the road for prospects.

At a fledgling program like Memphis, assistant hires are nearly as important as the head coaching hire. Former Memphis coach Larry Porter, who was fired in November, had far too many coordinators on both sides of the ball and it resulted in jumbled and disorganized play on the field.

Fuente, who set records as the co-offensive coordinator at TCU, said the next offensive coordinator at Memphis will have to deal with his input.

"Whoever it is is gonna have to understand that I'm gonna be very involved in the offense in a positive way," Fuente said. "(But) I'm not in any hurry."


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