Memphis OC Darrell Dickey leaving for job at Texas A&M

The University of Memphis football team announced Monday that offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey has resigned to become the new offensive coordinator at Texas A&M.

Dickey will join the staff of new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, who left Florida State last week after reportedly agreeing to a 10-year, $75-million contract with the Aggies.

This is the second-straight year Memphis coach Mike Norvell will have to replace his offensive coordinator. Chip Long left the school following Norvell's first season with the Tigers to become the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame.

Dickey confirmed in an interview earlier this season that it was Norvell who called the plays for Memphis during the 2017 campaign, when the Tigers finished second in the country in scoring offense and set new single-season school records for points and total yards.

“We’re extremely excited for the future of Memphis Tiger football with our continued tradition of excellence on the offensive side of the ball,” Norvell said in a statement. “We will explore all options in finding the right fit for our staff to continue to lead our great group of players.”

Dickey, 58, was in his second stint as an assistant coach at Memphis, and served under both coach Mike Norvell and Justin Fuente in recent years.

He was the Tigers' offensive coordinator under Fuente from 2012-2015 and was elevated back into that role last January by Norvell. He was the program's assistant head coach and running backs coach in 2016.

Dickey also played a big role in recruiting, where his ties to Texas and the Memphis area proved valuable throughout the years. Dickey did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment on his departure.

"I’m thankful for all the work that Darrell has put in throughout his years at the University of Memphis,” Norvell said. “He has represented our university in a first class manner and we’re excited for him and [his wife] Tory with the opportunity to return to his home state of Texas at Texas A&M.”

Dickey first became the offensive coordinator at Memphis from 1987-1989. Following stints at Mississippi State, LSU, UTEP and SMU, he went on to be the head coach at North Texas for eight years (1998-2006) and compiled a 42-64 overall record.

Dickey returned to Memphis in 2012 and served as the interim head coach during the team's 2015 Birmingham Bowl appearance once Fuente was hired by Virginia Tech.

Dickey was the second-highest paid member of Norvell's staff in 2017 at $275,000, according to the USA TODAY assistant coaches salary database. 

Norvell's new five-year, $13 million contract included a provision that increased his salary pool for assistant coaches and football staff by $250,000 to $3.01 million, according to two people with direct knowledge of the agreement. 

That $3.01 million figure does not include the salary for a 10th assistant coach allowed by the NCAA effective Jan. 9. Norvell told The Commercial Appeal last week during an appearance on The Tiger Football Podcast that he will likely hire a tight ends coach for that position this offseason.

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