Former Texas assistant coach Jay Norvell yells during pregame warmups before the Rice game at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 12, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Reports: Former Texas assistant Jay Norvell to become Nevada head coach

Posted December 7th, 2016

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Former Texas receivers coach Jay Norvell will become the new head coach at Nevada, Football Scoop and ESPN reported late Wednesday.

Norvell, who has almost three decades of experience, spent seven seasons at Oklahoma before joining former UT coach Charlie Strong’s staff prior to the 2015 season.

Norvell was elevated to become the Longhorns’ play-caller in Week 2 and directed the offense the rest of the year. Texas finished the 2015 season ranked 83th nationally in scoring (26.4) and 92nd in yardage (370.8) as the team went 5-7.

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Norvell left UT for Arizona State this past season when it was clear he would not be named the permanent offensive coordinator, a position that went to Sterlin Gilbert.

“Things are gonna get worked out here,” Norvell said before the 2015 season finale against Baylor. “There’s certain things you can control and certain things you can’t control. We have great relationships with these kids, and we tell them the truth.”

Norvell would inherit a Nevada team that went 5-7 last season, although the Wolf Pack did play in bowl games in 2014 and 2015. Former coach Brian Polian was 23-27 in four season before he and the school decided to “mutually part ways.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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