Embraced Nole Nation and Memphis
One of my favorite things Mike Norvell did was talk about FSU as a place of reverence. He said this was a “special opportunity” and called the FSU brand “iconic” and along with one of the “greatest football programs in the United States of America.”
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He talked about his time as head football coach at Memphis and how much he poured into his time there and how much that place poured into him.
Norvell said, “If I was to ever leave it had to be for the right fit…for the right place. I’m so grateful for the four years that I had there, but I know this is the place and this is the time.”
Norvell also took time to personally thank FSU great and interim coach Odell Haggins for what he’s done for this program.
The way those players played for Coach Haggins when they were fighting to make a bowl was part of the reason he wanted to come to FSU.
Norvell didn’t call FSU football his dream job but it was clear this is a place he believes is one of the best opportunities in all of college football.
I should also mention the way Memphis fans sent nothing but well wishes in leaving to take the Tallahassee job speaks volumes about what type of coach he’s been there the past four years.