Florida state coach Mike Norvell announced Saturday that he tested positive for the coronavirus and is in isolation. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen remains as an interim coach while Norvell is away.
In a statement, Norvell said he tested positive during the team’s final round of testing on Friday and is feeling fine. His wife and daughter were also tested on Saturday and received negative results, but are being quarantined.
If Norvell is isolated, Thomsen will take on the personal and head coaching duties until Norvell can return. Florida State is absent this week and will travel next Saturday against rivals Miami. Norvell won’t be traveling to Miami, and the state of Florida said the game will go as planned.
“My result came as a surprise to me, but we have prepared for a potentially positive outcome from all participants in our program and will continue to implement this plan while I am away,”
Thomsen, who has over 24 years of college coaching experience, was Abilene Christian’s head coach from 2005 to 2011. For the past three years he has trained the offensive line at the TCU.
The CDC recommends people with a positive coronavirus test isolate for 10 days.
“It’s unfortunate, but fortunately the coach is fine,” said sporting director David Coburn. “We are proceeding with our Covid protocols as we would any other case. The coach is isolated and the university pursuit staff take care of contact tracing as usual. We will continue to test staff and athletes like we were . We communicated with [ACC] Commissioner John Swofford and Miami Sporting Director Blake James. At this point, based on our testing this week, we have no reason to believe the Miami game is in jeopardy. “