Mike Norvell leaves Memphis for head coaching position at Florida State

Mike Norvell leaves Memphis for head coaching position at Florida State
Coach Norvell (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Mike Norvell has left Memphis to take the head coaching position at Florida State University.

The University of Memphis confirmed Norvell’s departure Sunday morning in a news release, thanking him for his contribution to Memphis athletics.

Norvell leaves the team with a 38-15 overall record, four bowl games, three AAC division titles, the 2019 AAC Championship and the highest winning percentage of any Memphis head football coach.

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In an introductory news conference at FSU, Norvell thanked Memphis and the team.

“What an incredible place,” he said. “One of the hardest meetings I’ve ever had was this morning. If I was to ever leave it had to be for the right place and fit.”

Mike Norvell Introductory Press Conference

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Norvell, who took the reins at Memphis in 2015, spoke with his Tigers players early Sunday morning fresh off their thrilling win against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the American Athletic Conference Championship Saturday. The Tigers are likely bound for the Cotton Bowl, but it remains to be seen who coaches the game.

UofM Athletics Director Laird Veatch is holding a news conference Sunday at 3 p.m. with details about the search for a new coach.

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