Over the last ten seasons, Memphis Football has slowly turned into one of the best Football programs in the American Athletic Conference. And yet, there seems to be a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the Memphis Football program. On one side of the spectrum, you see a divided fan base between those who love Coach Silverfield and those who would have rathered the University Of Memphis looked elsewhere than Ryan Silverfield for their Head Coaching vacancy when Mike Norvell left the Tigers for Florida State. However wrong that mindset has been, you can feel the effects of this program as they prepare for the 2022 season.
As the Tigers prepare for the 2022 season, Memphis has a unique opportunity to silence the critics. Memphis has been building for the 2022 season dating back to the Justin Fuente days at Memphis.
Foundationally speaking, Memphis Football as we know it today started under Tommy West. In his exit interview with the University Of Memphis, Former Head Coach Tommy West pleaded with the school to invest in the program or completely do away with it. Years later, under the direction of Dr. Rudd, the Tigers Football program rebranded, and modern Memphis Football was born.
Entering his third season as Head Coach of the Memphis Tigers, Ryan Silverfield has his best recruiting class to date and has guys in a position to etch their legacy at the University Of Memphis. Say what you want about the program, but Silverfield has potential on the roster to have a breakout season and potentially win eight to nine games this season. It’s right there in front of the Tigers; a winnable home schedule and road games that Memphis has legitimate chances at winning should provide the Tigers with the perfect storm to create another memorable season.
Yet, the Tigers football program needs every person that lives in the 901 to come out to every game this season to provide the hometown Memphis Tigers with the ultimate home-field advantage. We saw it during the 2019 Cotton Bowl season when Memphians go out to support the boys in Tiger Blue; the sky is the limit for Memphis Football. Memphis Football, for a long time, has been a program that has been overlooked and underestimated but not anymore. Head Coach Ryan Silverfield is the right man for the job at Memphis, so why not load the Memphis Tigers Football bus and ride the wave into the future and enjoy the ride the 2022 season will be? Coach Silverfield and his staff have done nothing to deserve the doubt that some have had. The direction in which Memphis Football is heading is one filled with Championships and excitement, all of which will be put to the test next Saturday as the Tigers travel to Starkville to take on Mississippi State.
A win over Mississippi State and the frenzy surrounding Memphis Football will return.