For those of you who do not know, I am a fan of Florida State football program.
My mother’s family hails from Tallahassee, Florida (she grew up in Brooklyn, NY), and we used to visit my great-grandmother and the rest of the Florida contingent several times a year. Mama’s (our name for my great-grandmother) house was so close to campus, you could see the buildings on campus from her house on the hill when the leaves would fall. My dad used to go down to Florida State’s track and would run several laps while my brother and I would play in the middle of the field.
I am a HUGE fan of coaching legend Bobby Bowden, and have been there for the national championships — as well as the wide-lefts, wide-rights. Suffice it to say, I have seen my fair share of highs and lows in Florida State football since the mid to late 1980s.
I believe former Memphis coach Mike Norvell is the right man to lead my Seminoles back to prominence.
I have seen Norvell from a distance take Memphis football to unprecedented heights. He leaves Memphis having posted the highest winning percentage in Tigers history. He led Memphis to 12 wins, the most in program history. His overall coaching record was 38–15, including three American Athletic Conference West division titles and a conference championship this season.
And did I mention Norvell is an offensive wizard?
His offense at Memphis became known for its explosiveness and big plays. The Tigers were 10th in the nation with 483.5 yards a game — 196.4 on the ground and 287.1 through the air — this season. His teams scored at least 2,147 points in less than four seasons.
If Norvell could do that with limited resources at Memphis, there’s no telling what he can do at a Power 5 program like Florida State.
Then again, I was REALLY excited when Florida State hired Willie Taggart only two seasons ago. We all know how THAT turned out.
Here’s hoping for the best with Norvell at the helm…