Monday, July 1, 2013
Arizona State's OC is a top HC candidate
By Brent Sobleski
Arizona State offensive Mike Norvell isn't one of the first names mentioned when coordinators are being discussed as head coach candidates. Although, Norvell's status could change with another strong campaign in the desert.
"The Sun Devils offense thrived in its first season under Norvell, who came to Tempe with Todd Graham after working under him at Tulsa and Pittsburgh," Dave Miller of the National Football Post wrote. "While he is young, Norvell is on the fast track to getting a head gig. And after the Sun Devils averaged 38.4 points per game last season, they should once again be one of the Pac-12's most exciting offenses with Taylor Kelly returning at quarterback. Another strong year and Norvell could be in consideration for a job in a league such as the Mountain West."
UNLV and Wyoming are the two programs in the Mountain West with head coaches that will enter this season on the hot seat. Both could be interesting opportunities for Norvell.
Norvell is a native of Arkansas. Arkansas State has been a launching pad for coaches in recent years. If Bryan Harsin follows the same career trajectory as his predecessors, Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn, the Red Wolves could once again be looking for another young offensive innovator to become the program's head coach next year.