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Memphis Head Coach Mike Norvell Trending in Florida State Coaching Search

MEMPHIS, TN - SEPTEMBER 7: Mike Norvell, head coach of the Memphis Tigers smiles before a game against the Southern Jaguars on September 7, 2019 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.  Memphis defeated Southern 55-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Florida State might be a shell of the program it was during the Bobby Bowden era, but this is still one of the premier jobs in college football. With Willie Taggart out in Tallahassee, the search for a new head man in charge is heating up.

One leader who could potentially make the jump to Tallahassee is Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, currently in charge of an 8-1 Tigers team ranked in the Top 25.

Norvell made his name at Arizona State, where he was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Todd Graham for four seasons before making the jump to Memphis in 2016.

Under Norvell, the Tigers have gone 34-15, only failing to win the AAC thanks to the dominance of UCF. The creator of an explosive offense that is pumping out multiple pro players every season, Norvell would at least make Florida State aesthetically exciting for the first time since Jimbo left.

Some Seminoles fans might be nervous about hiring Norvell given how up and down former Memphis coach Justin Fuente has been at another ACC power in Virginia Tech, but Norvell looks just a touch more daring and innovative as a play designer, play caller and leader.

If FSU can make this happen, they'll at least improve on the Taggart era. That's not saying much, though.