FSU paying search firm $100K

Florida State is paying DHR International a total of $100,000 to help in the school’s search for a football coach.

The letter between FSU and DHR was signed by Glenn Sugiyama of DHR and accepted by FSU president John Thrasher, who signed on Nov. 5.

“Glenn (Sugiyama) has been outstanding in assisting with our coaching search,” FSU athletics director David Coburn said.  “We appreciate his professionalism, and we have benefitted from the breadth of his relationships throughout the industry.  His work has been invaluable.”

FSU has paid $50,000 to DHR with another $50,000 set to go to DHR after a hire is made.

A clause in the contract provides for a two-year guarantee. If a head coach is “terminated (voluntarily or involuntarily) within two years from the hiring date with Florida State, we will, at your option, refill that position for no additional fee.”

It appears that Memphis coach Mike Norvell is the top candidate for the job at FSU, but it is not clear if the school is talking with other coaches. Norvell is 37-15 in four seasons at Memphis, including an 11-1 mark in 2019. The Tigers will play in the AAC title game on Saturday against Cincinnati (3:30 p.m on ABC).

Norvell reportedly earns $2.6 million annually and has just a $500,000 buyout, which would make him even more attractive to FSU.

It’s possible that FSU could hold a press conference on Sunday or Monday to introduce a hire.


  1. Christopher Holder

    Now are we sure about the pressers on Sunday or Monday…????

  2. Bob Ferrante

    There’s a need to move quickly with the early signing period. But the press conference day/time would also depend on, if Norvell is indeed the guy, him telling Memphis players of his plans, flying here, meeting media and boosters, etc.

  3. Jerry Gray

    I hope they earn that $100,000.00 !!

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