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Rumor: Colleges Interested In Norv Turner As Head Coach

The Vikings’ offensive coordinator might be garnering some interest, but maybe not from where you’d expect.

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Norv Turner has been the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings since Mike Zimmer took over the ship in 2014. He’s been a coach in the National Football League for over 30 years, but there are rumors circulating that he’s garnering some interest from somewhere else as far as future coaching jobs are concerned.

According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN:

At least one and possibly two colleges are closely looking at Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner as a head-coaching candidate, per a league source. Whether he would be interested is an entirely different issue, but colleges do have interest.

Now, NORV~! was a coach in the college ranks before he made the jump to the NFL, but he hasn’t been a college coach since 1984, when he was the offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans. In 1985, he was hired by the Los Angeles Rams to be their wide receivers coach, and he’s had a job in the NFL every year since.

While the revelation that colleges might be interested in Norv Turner’s services might come as a bit of a surprise, I would personally be more surprised if the interest was mutual. He’s not getting any younger. . .he turned 64 in May. . .and he’s been out of the college game for a long time. I’m not sure if he’d be the type to get involved with a college program and go out on the recruiting trail the way college coaches need to. But, I suppose stranger things have happened.

Obviously, NORV~! isn’t going anywhere yet, but once January (or February) comes around, we will likely have to revisit this story.