Colorado State announced it has hired Jay Norvell as its next head football coach. Here is what notable voices from the sports world have to say about CSU’s head coaching change.
Bob Stoops, former/interim University of Oklahoma head football coach: “I have known Jay all the way back to our days at Iowa together. He has always been blessed with a great football mind. That’s the reason why I and so many other coaches wanted him on our staff. His skill set is tremendous, and it obviously transferred very well into the head coaching role. He understands our game at a very high level and is great with people. I am excited for Jay and Joe Parker. This is a very good day for Colorado State.”
Chris Ballard, Indianapolis Colts general manager: “I’m thrilled not only for Jay Norvell, but for the entire Colorado State community for a fantastic hire to lead its football program. Jay was my position coach at Wisconsin and played a significant role in my development as a player, student, and into my post playing career. … Jay has unbelievable experience as a player and coach at both the collegiate and NFL level and has worked around some of the best football minds in the game. He will bring his passion and coaching prowess to Colorado State and I’m excited to see what the future holds for the team.”
Malik Reed, Broncos outside linebacker who played at Nevada under Norvell: “Right away, recruiting and things like that, he’s going to get in a lot of (talented) players at CSU. He’s really ironed out. He wants things to go a certain way. He’s very detail-oriented. I think that’s going to be something that he adds to their program. I think he’s going to add that right intensity when it comes to the practice field and the day-to-day organization.”
Todd Centeio, CSU quarterback, on Twitter (@toddycenteio): “Congrats coach, lets get to work @CoachJayNorvell.”
Izzy Matthews, former CSU running back, on Twitter (@ThisIzzTV): “Excited to see what he does with this beautiful school, town, and community. Everything is up for the taking, I’m fired up. Be the man to get CSU over the hump.”
Chris Murray, Wolf Pack beat writer for nevadasportsnet.com, on Twitter (@ByChrisMurray): “If I had a shot of truth serum and the chance to ask Jay Norvell one question it would be this — If Nevada had an indoor practice facility, would you have left for Colorado State? Salaries are one thing. Having to hold camp in Stanford for two weeks is another.”
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