Florida State Hires Mike Norvell

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Florida State Football has been through the ropes within the last couple of years. In the 2013-2014 season, FSU won the BCS National Title. In 2018, under first year Coach Willie Taggart, FSU did not even make a bowl game. Previous of that season, FSU has been bowl eligible to 36 straight years. To put that into perspective, the next closest streak is 26 years by Virginia Tech.

On December 8, 2019, Florida State officially hired Memphis Head Coach Mike Norvell as their new head coach. Mike Norvell led Memphis to a great winning season and finding a spot in the Cotton Bowl against Penn State. Norvell will take over where ex-FSU coach Willie Taggart did not succeed. Taggart went 9-12, delivering himself a huge buyout out of FSU. FSU boosters’s clubs had to pay over 17 million dollars for Taggart to give control to longtime Seminole coach Odell Haggins. Haggins coached the last three games of the season and went 2-1, making the Seminoles 6-6.

When Norvell came to his press conference, he promised to bring back a winning culture back to the ACC heavyweight. With Early Signing Day rolling, Norvell is trying so hard to keep his recruits committed. As of right now, Norvell has already signed two QB’s, a feat where Taggart has not managed to do. As of December 19, 2019, FSU has the #23 best recruiting class in the country. FSU holds eight 4-star recruits, and many 3-star commits. Norvell has done an impressive job recruiting an offense line, where FSU seemed to struggle in the past couple of years.

After coming to campus, Norvell has already found parts of his staff to help bring FSU back to a winning culture. Norvell already gave Haggins the role of Defensive Line Coach, which he has served for over 20 years. Norvell has also brought in Auburn Offensive Coordinator Kenny Dillingham. Dillingham’s offense last year has averaged over 30 points. FSU believes Norvell can bring back an offense that will be hard to stop. This year, Memphis has #10 best offensive according to NCAA.com.

Norvell has announced that he will not coach in the Cotton Bowl against Penn State. His job is to evaluate the players to see how they are. Norvell will also not coach in the Tony the Tiger Bowl, where FSU will take on Arizona State. Norvell is a busy man assuring his recruits stay. Hopefully in the future, Norvell and his staff can hopefully bring FSU back to where it belongs,winning.

 

Sources:

Korosec, Courteney, and Juan Montalvo III. “OFFICIAL: Florida State Hires Mike Norvell as New Head Football Coach.” Tomahawk Nation, Tomahawk Nation, 8 Dec. 2019, https://www.tomahawknation.com/florida-state-football-fsu-noles/2019/12/7/20991973/florida-state-seminoles-football-hires-mike-norvell-memphis-new-head-coach-fsu-search.
Parker, Jason. “FSU Football: Process of Mike Norvell Hire Nothing but Disappointing.” Chop Chat, FanSided, 9 Dec. 2019, https://chopchat.com/2019/12/09/fsu-football-mike-norvell-hire-not-surprising-disappointing/.