Sometimes, I can't help but think where FSU football would be if they hired Mike Norvell after Jimbo Fisher bolted for Texas A&M. There are so many dynamics that contribute to the success or demise of a coach. If Norvell had gotten the job, he wouldn't have had the extra two years of coaching experience at Memphis, where he eventually took that program to a New Year's Six Bowl. He would have inherited a more talented roster in 2018 and wouldn't have had to deal with a pandemic in his first year. He would have had a real recruiting cycle in year one and worked to establish relationships in the state quicker than having to recruit virtually for the first year and a half.
There are tons of what-ifs, but the path traveled ultimately brought us to its first undefeated regular season and first ACC Championship since 2014. The conditions Mike Norvell inherited created unfair or untrue narratives. Some were created by rival fans, and others by folks claiming to be FSU fans but were upset FSU didn't hire someone else they wanted. Fortunately, time reveals all things, and patience is a virtue. Mike Norvell's path at FSU demonstrates that statement wholeheartedly. It's time to look at some narratives created over the past few years. Here are five Mike Norvell crushed in 2023.