Florida State coach Mike Norvell receives massive pay raise after 10-3 season in 2022

Florida State coach Mike Norvell's original contract was worth $4.4 million per season.  (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhak)
Florida State coach Mike Norvell’s original contract paid him $4.4 million per season. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhak)

Florida State coach Mike Norvell received a significant pay raise.

On Wednesday, the school announced that Norvell had signed a contract extension for the 2029 season with an average cost of just over $8 million. Norvell’s original contract with the school averaged $4.4 million per season, and he signed a one-year extension after the 2021 season.

“Coach Norvell has restored a culture that the entire Seminole family can appreciate,” Florida State Athletic Director Michael Alford said in a statement. “We are proud of how Coach Norvell, his staff and his team represent Florida State University on and off the field. Under Coach Norvell, we have repeatedly achieved the highest GPA in the history of the program, an unprecedented impact on our community, and a radical improvement to the football field as he laid the foundation for unwavering standards in all areas. I am happy that we will continue climbing with Coach Norvell for many years to come.”

Significant growth for Norvell came after Florida State went 10-3 in 2022 and beat Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl. It was the first 10-win season for the Seminoles since FSU was 10-3 in 2016 under Jumbo Fisher, and the first winning season for the program since 2017. It was Fischer’s last year at school before he retired to go to Texas A&M when the team was 5-6. The Seminoles then went 2–0 under interim coach Odell Huggins.

Florida State ended the season ranked 11th on the AP Top 25 and ranked first on the ACC. ACC Champion Clemson finished 13th after losing to Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. After winning 10 games in 2022, Norvell’s team record is 18–16 over three seasons.

Norvell’s new annual salary is second only to Sweeney Clemson’s Dabo among ACC coaches, and FSU and Clemson will be favorites in the ACC in 2023. FSU will become a popular top 10 preseason pick. The Seminoles are bringing back the likes of QB Jordan Travis and winger Jared Verse, while also adding Miami defensive lineman Darrell Jackson and South Carolina winger Gilbert Edmond to the transfer portal.

The Seminoles have won four ACC title matches and five Atlantic Division titles since the game’s inception in 2005, but have not won an ACC title match since 2014. last seven title games featuring division winners.

But there will be no more Atlantic Division in 2023 as the ACC has decided to disband its division format. That means Florida State and Clemson are eligible to meet in a title game if they finish in the top two spots in the conference.


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