Mike Norvell as agreed to stick around Memphis a little while longer. Norvell announced the exciting news via Twitter Tuesday afternoon, and the Tigers will have some stability for at least another year.
So excited about the future of Memphis Tiger football and to announce that I have signed an extension to continue to lead this great program! Thank you to @UofMemphisPres Tom Bowen and Board of Trustees for allowing me the opportunity #StripeEmUp #TigerFam #CLIMB #Grateful pic.twitter.com/vE7YLf0DuG— Mike Norvell (@Coach_Norvell) December 5, 2017
Norvell took over for Justin Fuente when Fuente left for Virginia Tech, and he’s led the Tigers to an 18-7 record in his two years as head coach. His 2017 team finished 10-2 in the regular season which included a trip to the AAC Championship Game. Memphis will conclude the 2017 season at home when they essentially host Iowa State for the Autozone Liberty Bowl on December 30th.
Norvell’s name had been mentioned with a few various head coaching vacancies, but also was mentioned with this contract extension. Fans don’t have to worry about him going anywhere soon with this new extension in place.
In Year 2, Norvell’s offense was the second best in college football, behind fellow AAC member UCF. Riley Ferguson was a player Norvell brought on board his first year, and the senior was an integral part of their offensive success.
This extension should also give Memphis some stability in recruiting, and Norvell has proven he can bring in quality recruits. While his 2018 recruiting class is currently ranked 81st according to 247Sports, his 2017 class finished 56th.