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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


  1. Former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers is on the opening-day 52-man roster for the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Plant High’s Aaron Murray and Wharton High’s Chase Litton join USF’s career total yardage leader in the quarterback room.
  2. Jan. 22• Florida State Seminoles
    We'll know a lot about the 2020 Florida State team after their first five games of the season. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    FSU could be in for a rocky start to the Mike Norvell era, and why Nov. 7 could be a big day in the state.
  3. Jan. 22• Florida State Seminoles
    The Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis cheers during last season's opener against Florida at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]
    Manny Diaz’s Hurricanes will host Florida State and potential top-25 North Carolina.
  4. Jan. 22• Florida State Seminoles
    Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell speaks at a news conference Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Norvell is Florida State’s new coach, taking over a Seminoles program that has struggled while he was helping to build Memphis into a Group of Five power. [PHIL SEARS  |  AP]
    The Mike Norvell era opens in Atlanta against West Virginia and includes trips to Louisville and Miami.
  5. Houston Cougars quarterback D'Eriq King (4) starts his touchdown running play during the fourth quarter of a 2017 game between USF and Houston at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The score put the Cougars into the lead and eventually won the game. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The U added a lot of transfers last year and still went 6-7. Manny Diaz can’t afford a repeat.
  6. Florida State guard M.J. Walker tries to block the shot of Miami guard Dejan Vasiljevic during the second half of their game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Coral Gables. [BRYNN ANDERSON  |  AP]
    FSU forces 24 turnovers and storms back from a nine-point deficit for its ninth consecutive victory.
  7. Florida State forward Malik Osborne dances with his teammates during player introductions before their game against Virginia on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
    Florida State, in a three-way tie atop the ACC standings, goes on the road Saturday in search of its ninth straight victory.
  8. Miami LB Shaquille Quarterman (55) during drills for the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on Monday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    “They don’t yet have the mentality of a Miami Hurricane,” the linebacker says during the days leading up to the East-West Shrine Game.
  9. Former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was considered the front-runner for the Florida State job after Willie Taggart was fired. Instead, Stoops stayed with the XFL. [TONY GUTIERREZ  |  AP]
    “The’s amazing," Seminoles AD David Coburn said of fan reactions. We read the emails. They are amazing.
  10. Florida State guard Anthony Polite and Virginia guard Braxton Key react to Polite's 3-point shot during the second half of their game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
    FSU forces 18 turnovers in a stellar defensive effort to take down the defending national champion.