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How have American Athletic Conference coaches fared in the Power Five?

Florida State’s newest coach, Mike Norvell, has recent history working against him a bit.
Willie Taggart's lone season at Oregon was fine. As for his short tenure at FSU ... we all know how that shook out. [NELL REDMOND  |  AP]
Willie Taggart's lone season at Oregon was fine. As for his short tenure at FSU ... we all know how that shook out. [NELL REDMOND | AP]
Published Dec. 8, 2019

Mike Norvell is the most recent American Athletic Conference coach to make the jump to a Power Five school (from Memphis to Florida State). Here’s how some others have fared:

Related: RELATED: 10 thoughts and notes on FSU coach Mike Norvell’s introduction

Willie Taggart

AAC: Led USF to its best season ever and a top-20 finish in 2016

Power Five: Improved Oregon by three wins in his lone season before flaming out at FSU

Scott Frost

Scott Frost's tenure at alma mater Nebraska hasn't exactly been the stuff of legend so far. [NATI HARNIK | AP]

AAC: UCF awarded itself a national title after going 13-0 in his second and final season there

Power Five: Somehow got an extension at Nebraska after improving the Cornhuskers from 4-8 last year to 5-7 this year

Matt Rhule

Matt Rhule's first season was one to forget at Baylor, but he almost led the Bears to the Big 12 title in Year 2. [JEFFREY MCWHORTER | AP]

AAC: Had back-to-back 10-win seasons at Temple and led the Owls to their first league title in four-plus decades

Power Five: Went from 1-11 in his first year at Baylor to 11-2 this season

Geoff Collins

It's safe to say expectations were low this season for Georgia Tech and coach Geoff Collins. [JOHN AMIS | AP]

AAC: Followed Rhule at Temple and was 15-10 in two years

Power Five: Finished 3-9 in his first year of a long, long rebuilding job at Georgia Tech

Chad Morris

Arkansas didn't have faith that Chad Morris would turn the Razorbacks around, and he was ousted before seeing a Year 3. [MICHAEL WOODS | AP]

AAC: Was 14-23 in three years at SMU but left the Mustangs better than he found them

Power Five: Went 4-18 at Arkansas and, like Taggart, didn’t make it through Year 2

Tom Herman

Tom Herman and Texas took a step back this season after a banner year in 2018. [CHARLIE NEIBERGALL | AP]

AAC: Won 22 of his 26 games at Houston, including a Peach Bowl triumph over FSU

Power Five: Won 10 games and the Sugar Bowl last season at Texas, but could be in trouble after going 7-5 in Year 3

Manny Diaz

The losses this season for Miami and Manny Diaz have been particularly ugly. [CHRIS SEWARD | AP]

AAC: Was (very briefly) Temple’s head coach between stints as Miami’s defensive coordinator and its head coach

Power Five: A 6-6 fiasco included a loss to Florida International that was the low point of Miami’s modern era

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