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Ryan Siverfield to be Memphis next head Coach

The University of Memphis has removed the title of interim coach from Ryan Silverfield to the permanent head coach of the football team, a source has confirmed with The New Tri-State Defender.

An announcement is expected later this afternoon after a team meeting.

The team conducted several interviews since former head coach Mike Norvell informed them that he was leading Memphis to coach at Florida State.

Silverfield had been named the interim coach for the Cotton Bowl and during that announcement, he encouraged the university to do a nationwide coaching search but expressed interest in being the next head coach of the team.

There has been an outpouring of support from the fans, former players and most importantly current players. The team will be returning a lot of current players next season.  The expectations may be even greater next season considering who will be returning to the team.

There had been heavy speculation that Barry Odom, the former head coach of the Missouri Tigers, would be the next head coach. Odom was offered the position four years ago.  There were strong rumblings from some of the top donors that they wanted Odom to have the head position this time.

Silverfield, 39, will be the 25th head coach in Memphis history and will make his debut coaching the No. 15 Tigers in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 28 against No. 12 Penn State.

The Tigers will return to the practice field next week in the preparation for Cotton Bowl.  This week has been finals week and several players graduated.

This story will be updated. Check back for more as news develops.

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