The Arizona State Sun Devils will be looking for a new offensive coordinator as reports say Mike Norvell has taken the head coaching job at Memphis. Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Geoff Calkins first reported Memphis hired a coach and Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel broke the news minutes later that is was Norvell.
Source: Mike Norvell will be the next coach at Memphis.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) December 4, 2015
Norvell has been Arizona State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past four seasons. Prior to coming to ASU, he served under Todd Graham at both Tulsa and Pittsburgh. He began his coaching career at Central Arkansas as a graduate assistant in 2006.
Under Norvell, the Sun Devils ranked No. 16 in the nation in scoring offense in 2014 and 10th in the nation scoring offense in 2013. ASU won the Pac-12 South in 2013 and 10 games in each of 2013 and 2014 with Norvell guiding one of the conference's best offenses.
However, the ASU struggled to find consistency in 2015 and Norvell drew criticisms for his play-calling, especially close to the goal line.
The 34-year-old has been one of the top coaching candidates for a few years now, prompting Todd Graham to name him deputy head coach and make him the Pac-12's highest paid assistant coach prior to the 2015 season.
He is one of ASU's top recruiters and as of last night was recruiting for the Sun Devils, paying 4-star QB commit Dillon Stering Cole and in-home visit.
Stay tuned for updates as they come along.