NCAA Football

Memphis locks in coach Norvell to extension

(TSX / STATS) -- Memphis coach Mike Norvell agreed to a five-year, $13 million extension, the university announced Tuesday.

The new deal runs through the 2022 campaign. According to USA Today, the $2.6 million average salary will make Norvell the highest-paid coach of the non-power conference programs.

Norvell, 36, is 18-7 in two seasons with the Tigers.

Norvell addressed the new deal on his Twitter account complete with a picture of him signing the contract while in the company of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen.

"So excited about the future of Memphis Tiger football and to announce that I have signed an extension to continue to lead this great program!," Norvell wrote.

Norvell's name had recently arose as a possible candidate for the Arkansas coaching vacancy.

The Tigers are 10-2 this season and will play Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl. Memphis went 8-5 in Norvell's first season.

Updated December 5, 2017