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Mike Norvell will not coach Memphis Tigers football team at Cotton Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATE 12/10/2019: Local 24 Sports Director Doc Holliday reports Mike Norvell says he will not coach the Memphis Tiger...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATE 12/10/2019: Local 24 Sports Director Doc Holliday reports Mike Norvell says he will not coach the Memphis Tigers in the Cotton Bowl.

Norvell also penned a letter to Memphis in The Daily Memphian. Find it HERE.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former Memphis coach Mike Norvell says hewon’t coach the Tigers in the Cotton Bowl now that he’s taken the Florida Statejob.

Norvell said Tuesday in a letter to Memphis fans that thetransition to a new job made him unable to coach the Cotton Bowl. The15th-ranked  Tigers (12-1) face No. 13Penn State (10-2) on Dec. 28 in Arlington, Texas.

Norvell says “as I have told the team throughout my time, yougive everything you have each and every day to the best of your ability focusedon your CLIMB, and I could not stand in front of them without being able toprepare to the level they deserve.”

The Daily Memphian first published Norvell’s letter.

Norvell was introduced as Florida State’s coach Sunday, one dayafter he led Memphis to a 29-24 victory over No. 23 Cincinnati in the AmericanAthletic Conference championship game. Ryan Silverfield, a co-offensivecoordinator on Norvell’s Memphis staff, has been named the Tigers’ interim headcoach  while athletic director LairdVeatch oversees a search for Norvell’s permanent replacement.

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