The start of Mike Norvell’s tenure at Florida State has gotten off to a bad start. In his debut as head coach last weekend, the Seminoles lost to Georgia Tech in Tallahassee, and on Saturday he announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
After testing positive, Norvell will miss next week’s matchup against Miami as his quarantine period will stretch beyond next Saturday. Florida State is off this week.
“In our most recent round of COVID testing yesterday, I received a positive result after being negative in our previous two tests this 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,” Norvell said in a statement. “I will remain involved remotely as much as possible to help our team continue to prepare.”
As for who will man the sidelines for the ‘Noles against the Hurricanes, deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will take over Norvell’s coaching duties.
Norvell, who took over at Florida State after four seasons at Memphis, said that both his wife and daughter tested negative after being tested the morning he received his positive test. Norvell is 38-years-old.
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