MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – According to multiple sports media outlets, Memphis Tigers head football Coach Mike Norvell is expected to accept the head coach position for Florida State University on Sunday.
The announcement comes the day of the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday between Memphis and Cincinnati.
The Tigers still have one more game left in the season, but Norvell is expected not to be on the sidelines.
Coach Mike Norvell was hired in 2016 and has one of the bestwinning percentages in school history.
In 2016, Norvell broke a university record with 8 wins in hisfirst year. And he won at least eight games in all four of his seasons.
This will also be the second year Norvell led the team to a finishinside the AP top 25.
Norvell has done an incredible job building on the 26-and-24record left behind when coach Justin Fuente left for Virginia Tech. Prior to Fuente,the school suffered through a 3-and-21 stretch under Larry Porter. Porter tookover in 2010 after Tommy West was shown the door following nine seasons with arecord under 500.
Norvell’s was under contract through 2023 which means he’ll have topay the school a $500,000 buyout to take the new job.
Norvell was making $2.6 million per year, which was significantlylower than other Mid-South coaches at bigger schools.
- Arkansas’ Chad Morris – $4 million
- Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt – $3.8 million
- Recently fired Mississippi coach Matt Luke – $3.1 million
Norvell’s contract compares more favorably to other coaches in theconference, but he’s still well below several of them. The Memphis coach is thethird highest paid behind South Florida’s Charlie Strong and Houston’s DanaHolgerson. Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo is just behind Norvell at $2.3 million.