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ASU promotes top assistant to deputy head coach

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In an effort to keep offensive coordinator Mike Norvell in Tempe, Arizona State announced Wednesday his promotion to deputy head coach.

The 32-year-old Norvell reportedly interviewed for the head coaching gig at Arkansas State and has been cast as one of college football’s rising coaching stars. The deal with Arizona State almost certainly bumps his salary higher than the $500,000 he made last season, according to

“I am committed to the long-term success of this program under the leadership of Todd Graham,” ASU President Michael Crow said in a statement (again via “Rewarding the skills of a master teacher like Mike Norvell is a demonstration of that commitment. Coach Norvell’s performance as offensive coordinator has been nationally recognized, and this promotion reflects the track record he has established in the last two years at ASU.”

The new title and pay raise likely help Norvell bide his time for a better job to open up than Arkansas State. If he stays on the same path, perhaps he’ll break into the head coaching ranks at a BCS school.

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4 Responses to “ASU promotes top assistant to deputy head coach”
  1. seanb20124 says: Dec 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    Deputy head coach? That’s a new one

  2. batmanuelo says: Dec 18, 2013 3:08 PM

    Yo is TG now Sheriff Head Coach?!

  3. gobes2105 says: Dec 18, 2013 4:45 PM

    So when Todd Graham bolts in a few weeks to some other gig, they already have their guy!

  4. tigersfandan says: Dec 18, 2013 10:13 PM

    Deputy Head Coach, eh? I actually kinda like it. It sounds … more cool, I guess.

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