Mike Norvell agreed Tuesday to a five-year, $13-million contract extension to remain as the Memphis football coach. According to a person with direct knowledge of the agreement, Norvell’s new contract runs through the 2022 season. He signed the new deal on Tuesday. It also raised his salary pool for assistant coaches and football staff by $250,000 to $3.01 million. That $3.01 million is divided between Norvell's nine assistant coaches and additional members of the program's staff. Norvell will earn an average annual salary of $2.6 million, which makes him the highest-paid Group of Five conference coach in the country, according to the USA TODAY college football coaches salary database. The $250,000 for his staff does not include the salary for a 10th assistant allowed by the NCAA effective Jan. 9. “I’m elated by the commitment of the university and how much the community has embraced our staff, our players and our football team,” Norvell said in an interview with The Commercial Appeal. “Obviously there had been calls [from other schools], but I wanted to move past any speculation.” Norvell announced the news in a tweet Tuesday afternoon sent from his official Twitter account. It included a picture of him signing the contract with Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen. Both were in New York City for Tuesday night’s National Football Foundation awards dinner.
Memphis, Mike Norvell agree to contract extension
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Dec 5