First-year Florida State coach Mike Norvell has tested positive for coronavirus and will not coach in next weekend’s game at Miami, the school has announced. Norvell, who left Memphis for Tallahassee following Willie Taggart’s departure last season, lost his season opener with the Seminoles last week against Georgia Tech.
“In our most recent round of Covid testing yesterday, I received a positive result after being negative in our previous two tests this week,” Norvell said Saturday in a statement. “My wife and daughter were tested this morning with negative results but are quarantining. My result was surprising to me, but we have prepared for a potential positive result among anyone in our program and we will put that plan in place while I am away. I will remain involved remotely as much as possible to help our team continue to prepare.
“Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will handle in-person head coaching duties until I am able to return. I’m 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 allowed us to continue moving forward.”
The Seminoles squandered a 10-point lead as a two-touchdown favorite against the Yellow Jackets and surrendered 438 yards of total offense to a unit led by a freshman quarterback.
Norvell said after the game that Florida State’s mistakes and inconsistency on both sides of the football were fixable and his team would get them corrected prior to their next game against the Hurricanes.
FSU president John Thrasher issued a statement to students on Friday urging the importance of social distancing and masks. FSU is limiting attendance to 25 percent capacity this season, but social distancing appeared to be an issue during last week’s game broadcast at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Per Noles247, FSU Director of Athletics David Coburn earlier this week shared in a statement to local television station WCTV comments pertaining to the scrutiny that FSU received for some falling short of following the specific guidelines laid out by the University: “We were disappointed with some fans, particularly some student fans, at the Georgia Tech football game who did not comply with our policies regarding social distancing and wearing masks while in their seats.”
College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard took the Seminoles to task on Saturday during a segment previewing UCF’s opener vs. Georgia Tech. He said Florida State didn’t have the athletes they’re accustomed to and hinted at skill position struggles.
Last week’s loss was FSU’s fourth straight in openers, including three at home.