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Report: Memphis AD expects Mike Norvell to be back with a new contract next season

Before Mike Norvell and his Memphis team went out and thumped ECU to the tune of 70-13 to put the finishing touches on a 10-1 season, athletic director Tom Bowen confirmed to The Commercial Appeal that the school and Norvell are working on a contract extension.

According to the report, Bowen and Norvell have been negotiating a contract extension dating back to their game against UCLA on September 16th, and Bowen "expects Norvell to have a new contract heading into next season."

Norvell is 18-6 overall in his first stint as a head coach at Memphis, where he took over a program that Justin Fuente did a remarkable job building. Norvell has put his own stamp on the program and appears to be well on his way to taking them to the next level.

Back in May, Norvell signed a one-year contract extension taking him through the 2021 season. That deal kept his compensation the same (around $1.8 million), but increased his salary pool for his assistant coaches and staff by $250,000.

Norvell's name has circulated around a number of college openings, and it's worth noting that he played his college ball at Central Arkansas (FCS). Yesterday, Bret Bielema was let go at Arkansas.

Memphis will face off against UCF in the AAC title game December 2nd in Orlando.

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