The offseason coaching vacancy rumor mill officially hit Arizona State for the first time Wednesday afternoon. John E. Hoover of the Tulsa World tweeted out that he is hearing Tulsa may want ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell for their next head coach.
Hearing momentum for Tulsa to hire ASU's Mike Norvell. USA Today says he made $900k this yr, No. 1 in P12, 8th nationally. He in the budget?— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) December 10, 2014
The Golden Hurricane fired their now former head coach Bill Blankenship on Dec. 1 after going 3-9 this season. He was Todd Graham's replacement at the school after he left for Pittsburgh in 2011. Norvell has traveled with Graham to each new coaching location for the past six seasons. He started as a graduate assistant at Tulsa, and then moving up to passing game coordinator and director of recruiting in 2010. He then followed Graham to Pitt and then ASU where he has been the offensive coordinator and now Deputy Head Coach at ASU.
This isn't the first time Norvell has drawn interest from another program. He was also mentioned last offseason around the same time as a potential candidate for the head coaching job at Florida. Only eight days after the Florida scare last offseason, Norvell received a promotion to deputy head coach as well as a $200,000 raise effective immediately.
He currently makes $901,560 at ASU according to USA Today. Norvell is only 33 years old and seems primed to eventually take a head coaching position somewhere. He's an attractive candidate to Tulsa due to his familiarity with the school and the area.
The up tempo "high octane" offense that Norvell and Graham have installed at ASU is one which the Golden Hurricane could certainly use. Tulsa ranked 94th in the country in total offense this season while ASU in comparison finished 18th
We'll have more on this story and update it as it develops. This isn't the first and certainly won't be the last time rumors about Norvell will pop up.
Update: Norvell tells Doug Haller of azcentral he is committed to staying:
Text from Mike Norvell: "I am committed to what we are doing here at ASU." ... Says he has removed himself from Tulsa consideration.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) December 11, 2014