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Florida State names Mike Norvell head coach

It’s been a long, drawn-out coaching search but Florida State finally has its man. According to ESPN’s Chris Low, Memphis coach Mike Norvell and the Seminoles have agreed to a deal.

Norvell began his career as a graduate assistant at Central Arkansas in 2006 before being hired to assist with receivers by Tulsa in 2007. In 2009, he was promoted to passing game coordinator along with wide receivers coach. He added the title of Director of Recruiting in 2010.

Norvell followed Todd Graham to Pittsburgh the following year where he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator while also continuing to hold the titles of wide receivers coach and Director of Recruiting. He continued to stick with Graham in 2012 when he was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona State. Norvell was given the title of associate head coach in 2014 before getting his first head coach opportunity at Memphis in 2016.

He led the Tigers to a 38-15 overall record in four years, including a 12-1 mark in 2019 that included his first AAC Conference Championship. The Tigers never finished with less than eight wins during his tenure and went 10-3 back in 2017.

Norvell, a dynamic offensive coach and QB specialist, has been the mastermind behind Memphis’ success. The Tigers scored 40+ eight times and 50+ three times this season, averaging 41.5 points per game. They also averaged 483.5 yards of total offense per game while showing off tremendous balance. His starting quarterbacks have averaged 34.5 TDs to 9 interceptions since 2016.

The 38-year-old takes over at Florida State following the disastrous Willie Taggart era that concluded with the Seminoles going just 9-12. Some of his immediate focuses will be salvaging FSU’s recruiting class and beginning to fill out his staff.


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