Norvell won’t coach Memphis in bowl

There just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Mike Norvell had indicated on Saturday night that he wanted to coach Memphis in its bowl game. When he was introduced on Sunday afternoon as Florida State’s next head coach, he said that was something he would need some time to figure out.

But on Tuesday, Norvell made it official that he won’t be coaching Memphis (12-1) in its upcoming Cotton Bowl game against Penn State.

“It is with tremendous sadness announcing that I have coached my last game leading that great team,” Norvell wrote in a letter to the Daily Memphian. “With the transition to a new opportunity and a restricted calendar which is unique to this year, I will not be able to coach the Cotton Bowl. As I have told the team throughout my time, you give everything you have each and every day to the best of your ability focused on your CLIMB and I could not stand in front of them without being able to prepare to the level they deserve.”

Norvell’s schedule is packed as he takes over FSU. The coach must assemble a staff, which already includes offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham and defensive line coach Odell Haggins, and the early signing period is just eight days away on Dec. 18.

While Haggins will be FSU’s interim head coach for the Sun Bowl game on Dec. 31 against Arizona State, Norvell is expected to observe bowl practices and make the trip to El Paso, Texas, to analyze players.


  1. Jerry Gray Reply

    One more great move by our new coach

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