Memphis Fires West, Coach Will Finish The Season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis has fired coach Tommy West, saying the school wants to go in a different direction after the season.

Athletic Director R.C. Johnson said at a news conference late Monday morning that he had met with West earlier and told the coach that the university "wanted our program to go in a different direction."

The firing comes after the Tigers started the season 2-7 and less than 48 hours after a 56-28 loss to instate rival Tennessee, assuring Memphis of its third losing season in the last four campaigns.

The Commercial Appeal first reported the firing.

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