It was reported Monday that new Memphis coach Mike Norvell will retain last seasons’ Tigers’ offensive coordinator (and previous interim coach) Darrell Dickey in some capacity, as Tom Schad of The Commercial Appeal writes.
Memphis interim HC, co-OC & RBs coach Darrell Dickey retained by new Tigers coach Mike Norvell in position to be determined per source.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) December 7, 2015
The retention of Dickey will bring a lot of stability and continuity to the Tigers’ program, as he spent the previous four seasons as offensive coordinator and running backs coach under ex-coach Justin Fuente. Dickey knows the ins and outs of the program quite well.
Sports Illustrated (h/t The Commercial Appeal) is also reporting that Norvell will hire while Tulane tight ends and running backs coach David Johnson as an assistant coach. Alabama graduate assistant Dan Lanning has joined Norvell’s staff as well.
Norvell was hired by Memphis last week after serving time as deputy head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona State. He has also coached at Pittsburgh, Tulsa, and Central Arkansas. Norvell also played wide receiver at Central Arkansas from 2001 to 2005 and is the schools all-time leading receptions leader.
He is considered a bright, young offensive mind and is partly responsible for Arizona State ranking 23rd nationally in total offense. Considering Memphis ranked 12th in total offense, the transition could be rather seamless for Norvell, especially with him now retaining Dickey.