- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 29, 2009

Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray, a finalist for the head coaching post at the University of Memphis, reportedly will remain with the team.

Citing sources, the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis said on its Web site Saturday that the school was set to hire LSU running backs coach/assistant head coach Larry Porter.

Had he been hired by the Tigers, Gray would have started immediately. He was one of the finalists to replace Tommy West after a trip to Memphis on Monday and Tuesday. He met with the school president, athletic director and influential booster Fred Smith, a Redskins part owner and the founder of FedEx.

Porter could be introduced at a news conference as soon as Sunday.

Because of his connection to Smith, Gray emerged as the front-runner, but several prominent boosters put their support behind Porter because he played football at and graduated from Memphis.

Gray has only one year of college coaching experience but said earlier this week his more than two decades in the NFL would translate to the lower level.

“The thing you have to do is look around and say, ‘Nine years playing, 13 years coaching,’ and all those things add up,” he said. “If you have to do a thing like [coaching college] or do a couple of other things, you take your experience and apply it someplace else.”

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