UCLA links: Rip Scherer returns to Memphis

UCLA tight ends coach Rip Scherer during football practice at UCLA in Los Angeles,Monday, April 24, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Rip Scherer‘s greatest coaching victory as a head coach came in 1996 when he led Memphis to its first ever win over in-state rival Tennessee. Fans stormed the field after the 21-17 upset and toppled the goal posts to the field at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The UCLA tight ends coach will return to that same field Saturday as the No. 25 Bruins face Memphis at 9 a.m. His six-year tenure with the Tigers ended after he was fired in 2000 with a 22-44 overall record.

“A lot of water has gone over the dam,” he said. “So in a lot of ways, it’s just another game.”

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Five questions: The Commercial Appeal’s Tom Schad on Memphis

Memphis had its Week 2 game at Central Florida canceled due to Hurricane Irma, so the Tigers are an unproven team with a potentially potent offense hoping to take advantage of a struggling, injury-riddled UCLA defense. The Commercial Appeal’s Tom Schad answered a few questions about Memphis’ offense, its own problem with a targeting suspension and the how the team will respond to three early injuries.  

For more on Memphis, visit The Commercial Appeal here.

1. What was the feeling around the program heading the second year with head coach Mike Norvell?

There’s been a lot of excitement throughout the program — and the city — over the past eight months or so, due in large part to a few happenings in January and February. Star wide receiver Anthony Miller and all-conference linebacker Genard Avery both elected to return to school for their senior seasons after flirting with the NFL. And Norvell’s first full recruiting class (he was hired less than two months before National Signing Day the year before) was one of the highest-rated classes in program history, including three Rivals four-star recruits. All that, plus an 8-5 finish in what was expected to be a transition year in 2016, has created a lot of optimism and excitement in 2017. Continue reading “Five questions: The Commercial Appeal’s Tom Schad on Memphis” »

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