Justin Fuente has his hands full enough in his second season of rebuilding at Memphis that he's focused only on his Tigers, even in their first year as members of the American Athletic Conference.
''We know that we are obviously faced with an incredible challenge to build a football program while simultaneously taking a step up in competition,'' Fuente said. ''But we're going into this with our eyes wide open and with full understanding of what it's going to take to get the job done. And we're looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead.''
Memphis has been trying to move to a better conference for years and finally got into a league that automatically qualifies for the Bowl Championship Series, even if for only one year.
But the Tigers still are trying to dig out from the mess left from Larry Porter's tenure when Memphis went a combined 3-21. Fuente led the Tigers to a 4-8 record that was Memphis' best since 2008. The T...