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Norvell explains the CLIMB, playing smart, with passion

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Florida State football coach Mike Norvell is speaking at Florida State’s sports analytics summit, presented by the College of Business.

The new coach says the foundation for any journey in the CLIMB acronym is commitment. The acronym stands for Commitment, Little things, Intensity, Mental toughness, Brotherhood.

He discusses creating a program that is led by family-style values.

He details his mom having him at 16 and then having eight stepdads. “The one thing that was consistent to me was football from (age) 5 to now.”

Norvell: My no. 1 job is to serve the student-athletes. To establish a standard of excellence. To hold them accountable. 

Norvell: Little things make big things happen. It’s about details and focus.

Norvell: “I am intense about everything I do.” You have to be intense if you want to achieve anything, Norvell said. And he speaks with an elevated voice throughout much of his talk.

Norvell: “I want a football team that plays smart.” Fast, smart, physical, finish. He wants to see a passion to finish on the field and academically.

Norvell says FSU has made an investment in virtual reality. He thinks it is critical in how you develop players.

Norvell: Knowledge is our greatest talent

The coach wants to take an analytic approach with everything we do.

Norvell says the success rate of two-point plays is right about 50 percent. He gives an example: if you are down 14 in the fourth quarter, and score a touchdown, the mindset is often to go for one and trail by seven. He says coaches should go for two, have the chance to trail just six points, and then the opportunity is to go ahead by one with the easy extra point. His emphasis is to play for the win and not the tie.

To expand on Norvell’s CLIMB acronym:

Commitment: Service, sacrifice, respect

Little things: Details (focus), virtual reality, analytical approach

Intensity: No wasted rep, physicality

Mental toughness: Handle adversity, physicality

Brotherhood: Be accountable, trustworthy

Norvell says he is not coming in with a three- or five-year plan. It’s a one-day plan. Give everything to give the best he can each day.

He wants to inspire someone else to be a little bit better.

He thinks people can apply the CLIMB acronym to everything they do, whether it’s sports, business, all walks of life.

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  1. Jim Gladden Reply

    OUTSTANDING COMENTARY BY COACH NORVELL, THAT WAS COACH BOWDEN’S PLAN THE ENTIRE TIME I SPENT WITH HIM, 27 YEARS. THE PLAYERS HAVE TO FEEL THAT YOU CARE. “THE PLAYERS WANT TO KNOW how much YOU CARE BEFORE THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH YOU KNOW”. COACH BOWDEN FREQUENTLY REMINDED US, “REMEMBER THE BOYS YOU ARE COACHING ARE SOMEONE”S SON, TREAT THEM LIKE YOU WOULD WANT YOUR SONS TREATED”. DEPENDABILITY AND WANT TOO HAS TO BE RE-ESTABLISHED.

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