Memphis Tigers head coach Mike Norvell runs onto the field before the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

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University of Memphis Extends Mike Norvell's Contract


MEMPHIS – University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen Friday announced that head football coach Mike Norvell’s contract has been extended through 2021. Concurrently, in a strong commitment to the entire football staff, the assistant coach and staff salary pool has increased by $250,000.


“This is a part of our continual commitment and support for Coach Norvell and his staff for the incredible work they do building our football program and leading our student-athletes,” said Bowen.


"Coach Norvell is one of the best coaches in America,” said UofM President Dr.  M. David Rudd. “We’re thrilled with the progress he's made in such a short time and look forward to many good years to come."


The 2017 football season will be Coach Norvell’s second as the head football coach at Memphis, after a highly-successful campaign 2016 campaign.  In his first year at Memphis, he tied an FBS record for wins by a first-year head coach (8) and became the first Memphis rookie coach to have a win over a ranked opponent since 1975 (48-44 win over No. 18/21 Houston).


His 2016 Tiger team excelled in all three phases – offense, defense and special teams. His 2016 offense was the second-most prolific in school history, rolling up 6,028 yards and scoring 505 points. His offense’s 34 touchdown passes set a Memphis record and the Tigers’ 3,957 passing yards were the third-most in program history.  On defense, the Tigers ranked in the top-20 in the FBS in turnover margin (+8). For the season, the defense forced 29 turnovers (tied for fifth in the nation) and the Tigers’ 13 fumble recoveries ranked sixth in the country.  In the third phase of the game, special teams, Memphis ranked among the best in the nation. Freshman Tony Pollard was named the AAC Special Teams Player of the Year while Jake Elliott, the first kicker selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, helped the Tiger kick return defense rank second in the country with a mere 16.04 yards per return.


All of those pieces culminated with a third-straight bowl game, which was then followed by the top-rated recruiting class in program history.


"I am extremely thankful to be the head coach at the University of Memphis, “said Head Coach Mike Norvell. “I am grateful to Dr. Rudd, Tom Bowen and the Board of Trustees for their support of me and, especially, our staff. At the conclusion of our season, my number one focus was to keep continuity with our staff. This commitment from the University allows us to do that."


The 2017 home schedule features seven (7) home games, highlighted by UCLA and AAC foe Navy. Season tickets start at $130, or $115 for Tiger Scholarship Fund members, and can be purchased online at or by calling 901-678-2331.