It’s a reunion of Long and Norvell, who were assistants together at Arizona State. This past season was Long’s fourth with the Sun Devils as tight ends coach and also as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Last season, the 32-year-old Long added offensive special teams responsibilities. An ace recruiter, he’s also considered one of college football’s rising offensive coaches.
Prior to Long’s time in Tempe, he was Illinois’ tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2010–11 after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Arkansas. Before that, he was a graduate assistant at Louisville for two years.
A Birmingham, Ala., native, Long was a standout receiver and tight end for North Alabama from 2002–05. A highly regarded young offensive mind, the 34-year-old Norvell became Memphis’s coach last month after spending the last four seasons as Arizona State’s offensive coordinator, deputy head coach and quarterbacks coach.
During Norvell’s tenure with the Sun Devils, his school record-setting offenses were perennially among the FBS’s highest scoring and most explosive. He replaces Justin Fuente, who left in late November to become Virginia Tech’s coach.
Fuente transformed the Tigers from one of college football’s worst programs into a top 25 team with a 26–23 record in four seasons, including a 9–3 mark under him this past season.