Florida State found Willie Taggart's permanent replacement, as Memphis' Mike Norvell has been hired as the program's new head coach. He finished with a 9-12 record in the ACC. "I'm so very excited for the future and the opportunity to return Florida State football to one of the nation's elite". The Tigers have won eight or more games for six straight seasons, and Norvell has been at the helm for the past four.
Norvell replaces Taggart, who was hired just over two calendar years ago but lasted just 21 games and was sacked following the team's 27-10 loss early in November to rival Miami - finishing his time in Tallahassee with a 9-12 record, making him the fifth coach to leave with a losing record.
He is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference at noon ET on Sunday. Fans stood and cheered as the confetti flew, including one Memphis fan who kept repeating to himself that he hoped Norvell would announce he was staying.More news: Microsoft is killing off Wunderlist in 2020
"All our focus tonight is about this football team", said Norvell, who appeared emotional while his Tigers talked earlier beside him. It's about this team and winning an American conference championship. The final straw came on November 2 when FSU lost to rival Miami (FL) 27-10 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Norvell will leave Memphis having posted the very flawless a hit share in Tigers' history. Named Memphis' head December 4, 2015, Norvell won at least eight games in each of his four years here and reached double digits twice, including this year. The Seminoles went 2-1 under interim coach Odell Haggins to finish 6-6, and will learn their bowl destination today.
Silverfield also might coach the Tigers in the bowl game with assistance possible from Norvell.More news: North Korea opens mountain spa, ski resort in tourism push
In 2009, Tommy West was sacked as Memphis' head coach and publicly told the school to put something into the program or get rid of it. His high-octane offense with the Sun Devils resulted in 299 yards passing per game in his final season, and an overall offense of 473.8 yards a game.
His offense became identified for its explosiveness, main to substantial plays. His Tigers have lost this game the last two seasons on the road at UCF.More news: The road-legal McLaren 620R promises GT4 racer performance | GRR