Reports have come out that Florida State coach Mike Norvell has tested positive for COVID-19. Norvell will not be coach the Seminoles in person this week against the University of Miami on Sept. 26.
Norvell, who came to FSU from Memphis after last regular season, is the first major college football coach known to have tested positive for the coronavirus in season.
Florida State AD David Coburn said Norvell is under isolation, a process that is expected to last for at least 10 days.
“We will continue to test staff and student-athletes as we have been,” Coburn said in a statement, as reported by AP. “We have communicated with Commissioner John Swofford and Miami athletic 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.”
Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will take over Norvell’s duties, but the first-year Florida State head coach said he still intends to contribute.
“I will remain involved remotely as much as possible to help our team continue to prepare,” Norvell said.
Toledo coach Jason Candle and UCLA coach Chip Kelly tested positive earlier this year.