President John Thrasher and AD David Coburn speak first at Sunday’s press conference:
Thrasher praises AD David Coburn and Glenn Sugiyama, from DHR International, who were crucial in the search for a football coach. The president said it was a long journey, went to a lot of places. Thrasher was impressed by watching him and spent about four hours with him, as well as with other FSU administrators.
Norvell is the only coach that he offered the FSU job, Thrasher said. He states that there was a lot of misinformation in media and social media.
Coburn and Thrasher both praise Odell Haggins for taking on the interim job.
The AD stated that Norvell was one of the first that they interviewed and he was the last. “We really liked him … the whole way.” It sounds like Thrasher and Coburn met with Norvell at least twice.
Coburn: “He is truly a coach of the future.” Norvell is what the program needs right now.
“What an incredible day. I stand before you humble and honored.”
Norvell says he wants to return the iconic FSU program to where it needs to be.
“Walking across that football field, there are no words … this is a special place and it is a special time.” Norvell walked across the field at Doak with the Marching Chiefs playing.
Norvell is choking back tears at times as he speaks. “I thank you for choosing me.”
He takes time to thank the Memphis players, coaches and fans of the Tigers.
“To all the former players … I thank you for what you have done.” He also thanks the current and former coaches. “We are going to do something special here because of the work” that you have done.
Norvell says his first meeting was with the players before coming over to meet with boosters and media.
Norvell: “We are going to approach everything with a championship mindset.” Says it will be done one day at a time.
He thanks the Florida high school coaches. Norvell calls Florida the most talent-rich state in the nation. For someone who hasn’t recruited Florida much, this is a good way to warm up.
Norvell: “There is a tradition of excellence here, there is a standard.” It’s what brought him here.
This should resonate: Norvell says the team is focused on discipline and structure. It will play smart. “You can play smart in the wrong direction and you’re moving backwards.”
“Success is coming,” Norvell said. “There are great days ahead.” But Norvell does caution that FSU has to realize the steps that it takes to get there.
Norvell preaching to the FSU choir and says he will demand good play on special teams. Mentions success of Memphis’ return teams.
Norvell: “Florida State is the right fit for me. … I believe that this is the absolute perfect place for me.”
Norvell – Recruiting has already begun. “I’ve already met with two recruits since I’ve been here.” (Good bet that one of them is Texas QB Kade Renfro, who walked in the door at Moore a few hours ago.)
With recruits, you build roots by making “daily deposits.” Plans to have an open door, show what FSU is to coaches and prospects.
Norvell says his first piece of collegiate memorabilia was an FSU 1993 national championship license plate. And remember that he grew up in Dallas. References again FSU as an iconic brand.
Norvell mentions within his recruiting pitch that FSU is a top-20 institution, also says he wants FSU to be a program for playmakers. If they want to know, he will show them his film at Memphis.
Norvell says he will need a couple of days to decide whether he will coach Memphis in the bowl game.
Norvell: “I want to be the coach that gets us back.”
Osceola writer Patrick Burnham contributed to this report