Florida State Seminoles football coach Mike Norvell tests positive for coronavirus


Florida State coach Mike Norvell announced on Saturday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was in self-isolation, leaving assistant head coach Chris Thomsen as interim coach while Norvell is out.In a statement, Norvell said he tested positive in the team’s last round of testing on Friday and is feeling fine. His wife and daughter were tested on Saturday and tested negative but are in quarantine.

With Norvell isolated, Thomsen will assume the duties of both in-person and head coach until Norvell is able to return. Florida State is out this week and travels to face rival Miami next Saturday. Norvell will not be traveling to Miami and the State of Florida has said the game remains on schedule.

“My result surprised me, but we have prepared for a potential positive outcome among everyone in our program and will be implementing this plan while I am away,” said Norvell. “I will stay involved remotely as much as possible to help our team continue to prepare. … I am grateful to the administration, players and staff for their commitment to the protocols we have in place, which have helped us limit contact with others and keep us moving forward. ”

Thomsen, who has 24 years of college coaching experience, was Abilene Christian’s head coach from 2005 to 2011. He has spent the last three years coaching the offensive line at TCU.

The ACC requires testing at least three times a week. CDC guidelines state that anyone with COVID-19 must self-isolate for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed since recovery. Norvell must receive medical clearance before being allowed to return, although coaches and staff are not subjected to the battery of cardiac tests that are required of players to be able to return.

“It’s unfortunate, but fortunately the coach feels good,” said athletic director David Coburn. “We are proceeding with our COVID protocols as we would for any other case. The coach is isolated and the university research staff handle the contact tracing as they normally do. We will continue to test staff and student-athletes as we have done. Contacted us with [ACC] commissioner John Swofford and Miami athletic director Blake James. At this point, based on our testing this week, we have no reason to believe the Miami game is in danger. ”

Last month, three receivers – including Tamorrion Terry – spoke publicly about the lack of transparency in coronavirus testing.

DJ Matthews tweeted that he tested positive before deleting the tweet, then posted another tweet in which he alluded to lies in the program. Matthews has since entered the transfer portal.

Warren Thompson wrote an open letter to the state of Florida at the time. In this document, he said he had been lied to about health tests and protocols several times. Norvell defended himself in stride, claiming that he had been “very transparent” with every player he spoke to. He also said he spoke with Thompson and that they were “moving forward together.”

The players also came to Norvell’s defense, saying they felt safe at school.

Florida State hasn’t released any test numbers since the players returned in June. His publication of Norvell’s positive test is the first time the school has publicly acknowledged positive elements.


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