Florida State coach Mike Norvell made an appearance on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo,” on Wednesday.
Toward the end of his appearance, Norvell was asked about the viral photo showing him as a Central Arkansas player with his hair braided with cornrows.
The photo went viral in December 2015 after he was named the Memphis Tigers head coach. It recirculated on Twitter this month following his move to Tallahassee to become FSU’s next coach.
The new head coach of the University of Memphis Tigers ladies and gentleman. Mike Norvell pic.twitter.com/CNNxrEO0Ih— Ethan Williams (@scrrr_Ethan) December 4, 2015
Norvell explained a losing bet is how he ended up wearing the cornrows for Central Arkansas University’s Media Day photo.
“It was really a funny time,” Norvell said. “I was going into my sophomore year, and I’m working an inner-city youth camp right before we start fall camp, and we broke up into groups that had competition. I had long hair, and the group that I had said ‘Coach, if we win, we’re going to braid your hair.’ So after looking at my group, I thought they had no chance to win, so I made the deal.”
“And I tell you what, it was an unbelievable inspiration because they dominated every competition that they had. I went back to Conway, Arkansas with the cornrows in my hair and then here came the decision. We always had Media Day the first day we reported. And I decided it would be a great idea to keep the cornrows and take a picture to try to be funny.
“Little did I know, when I’d be standing on the stage on [ESPN College] GameDay 20-something years later, that’s what I’d be talking about, and little did I know that when I got the opportunity to be the head coach at Florida State, that would be the picture that’s associated with my past. So I tell our guys, ‘Understand, social media, it’ll come back to get ya.’”
“It’s funny, all our players come and go ‘Coach, is that you?’
“Boys, everybody has got a little dog in them, let me just tell ya.”