FSU Football Coach Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sep 21, 2020
Originally published on September 23, 2020 11:14 am

Florida State University’s head football coach, Mike Norvell, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Norvell announced his test results in a press release Saturday. He says the results stem from a test he took Friday, after receiving two negative results from tests he had taken earlier in the week.

“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,” Norvell wrote in the statement.

Norvell says his wife and daughter tested negative for the virus, but are quarantining out of caution.

FSU Athletics Director David Coburn said in a statement while the results aren’t ideal, he’s pleased Norvell is feeling well.

“Coach is isolated, and university tracing staff is handling the contact tracing as they normally do. We will continue to test staff and student-athletes as we have been,” Coburn said. “We have communicated with Commissioner John Swofford and Miami Athletics Director Blake James. At this point, based on our testing this week, we have no reason to believe that the Miami game is in jeopardy.”

The Seminoles will face off against the Miami Hurricanes Sept. 26. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will take over in-person coaching duties while Norvell and his family quarantine.

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