MEMPHIS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- University of Memphis Coach Tommy West announced Monday that defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn was relieved of his coaching duties with the team.
"This is not a decision based on the East Carolina game (35-20 loss Saturday)," West said. "This is a decision based on philosophies and kind of how we have been playing for awhile."
Dunn, who has directed the Memphis defense since the spring of 2003, also served as defensive coordinator for Memphis from 1989-91 under Chuck Stobart.
During the late 1990s, Dunn served as the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss, Arkansas and Mississippi State.
"I want to thank Coach Dunn for the contributions he made in the three years that he was here," West said. "I think he was a big part of our success but I have a responsibility to my boss (Athletic Director R.C. Johnson) and our team to do what I feel is the right thing.