FSU head coach Mike Norvell tests positive for COVID-19
There was a slew of college football games canceled or postponed this week due to concerns of COVID-19. While Florida State had a bye week this week, head coach Mike Norvell has tested positive for COVID-19, per ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.
FSU coach Mike Norvell is positive for coronavirus, won't coach next week vs. Miami.
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 19, 2020
As a result of his positive test, Norvell will not be able to coach for the Seminoles next week. Florida State is scheduled to face the Miami Hurricanes next week, who have a revamped offense with quarterback D’Eriq King.
In Norvell’s absence, it is expected for offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham to assume the role of interim head coach. It remains to be seen how long Norvell will be out and he will likely need to have multiple negative test results before returning to the sideline.
Norvell is in his first season as the head coach at Florida State after spending his previous four years as the head coach at Memphis. Throughout his time at Memphis, Norvell compiled a 37-16 record with the Tigers. He also produced an 0-3 record in bowl games while at Memphis.
On the other hand, his debut with the Seminoles didn’t go as expected against Georgia Tech last week. Despite being the favorites at home, Florida State lost by the score of 16-13, with the offense looking out of sorts.
Of course, college football is hoping to have a successful season — with the Big Ten releasing their 2020 schedule on Saturday — despite the issues that COVID-19 creates. Though, it can’t be a positive sign to see a head coach of a prominent school test positive during the season.