TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Florida State has found the man to lead its football team.
Mike Norvell takes over as the Seminoles' eleventh full-time head coach, agreeing to a six year deal to take over from ousted coach Willie Taggart.
Norvell moves over from Memphis, where he led the Tigers to a 38-15 record in four seasons and put together the best winning percentage in school history during his tenure. Offensive-minded, Memphis scored at least 30 points in 43 of the 53 games he coached. Only Oklahoma and Ohio State averaged more points over the last four years.
After winning the American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Norvell finalized the deal and flew to Tallahassee Sunday to be introduced at noon.
"We're going to make you proud each step along the way not only with what we do on the field but with what we do off of it," Norvell said at the press conference. "I could not be more honored to stand in front of you to have this opportunity to be a part of the Florida State football family. I'm going to work extremely hard every single day to make you proud and much like I just told those players, I'm not going to stand in front of you today asking for your trust. Just give me an opportunity to show you that I'm trust worthy."
Odell Haggins will remain interim coach for FSU's appearance in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on December 31 against Arizona State in El Paso, but Norvell will be present at practice and helping the team in some capacity.
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