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Reports: Memphis to name assistant Silverfield next coach

Field Level Media

December 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm.

Memphis will name assistant coach Ryan Silverfield as its next head coach, according to multiple reports Friday.

The 39-year-old will replace Mike Norvell, who has moved on to Florida State. Silverfield already had been named interim head coach since Norvell’s departure and will coach the No. 17 Tigers in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 28 against No. 10 Penn State.

Silverfield joined Memphis in 2016 as offensive line coach and was elevated to deputy head coach prior to the 2019 season. He’s been the run-game coordinator since 2017.

The Tigers have been to four straight bowl games and won the American Athletic Conference this season. Norvell was 38-15 in four seasons at Memphis.

Silverfield’s resume includes six seasons on the Minnesota Vikings staff (2008-13), and he also worked as an assistant offensive line coach with the Detroit Lions for part of the 2015 season.

He had the endorsement of several current and former players who campaigned for him to get the job. Norvell also spoke positively about Silverfield’s contribution to the team after the AAC title game.

“Ryan does a wonderful job building relationships. It’s really helped elevate this program alongside me,” he said. “He lives the things we talk about and he’s a special leader of men.”