Marvin Wilson takes issue with Norvell statement

Florida State coach Mike Norvell made a statement to the Athletic on Tuesday in which he said he went “back and forth individually with every player this weekend. And that was something that was important to me because this is a heartbreaking time in our country.”

Norvell’s long statement continued with him saying the he wanted to have a platform where they have an opportunity to share thoughts and make a difference in the country.

Early Thursday morning, defensive tackle Marvin Wilson took issue with those comments. Wilson said this “did not happen.”

Wilson stated on Twitter that “we got a generated text that was sent to everybody. There was no one on one talk between us and coach. This is a lie and me and my teammates as a whole are outraged and we will not be working out until further notice.”

A number of FSU players re-tweeted Wilson’s comments, using “!!” as their comment to draw attention to the defensive tackle’s thoughts.

Noon Update

FSU athletics director David Coburn spoke to the Board of Trustees at a scheduled meeting on Thursday morning: “I want to tell you that coach just finished a closed team meeting with the football team,” Coburn said. “I’m told the dialogue was open and very candid and that it went well. I believe we are moving on there.”

A few players have commented on Twitter after the meeting this morning:

Wilson’s tweet, early Thursday


  1. Steve Dyal

    If this is true, and it appears to be, its very bad. Norvell better start doing what he said he was doing right now. It still may be too little too late. I can’t imagine what he was thinking, saying he has spoken to each player about this when he had not. Did he not realize the players would see it? He may have just lost the team.

  2. cocoanoles

    In today’s day and age many people, myself included, interchange the words speaking with electronic communication such as text / email. It’s quite common. I’m sure he did “speak” through text with “every” player and those who responded were more than likely responded back to.

    Here’s my question:

    This article was posted June 2nd at 5 PM. What made Big Marv wait until the early morning hours of June 4th to make this public post? Did something happen or not happen within those 30 plus hours to generate this tweet?

    GO NOLES!!!

  3. Bob Ferrante

    Damage control time for Norvell. Apologize to players (as well as assistant coaches, staff). Clearly outline how communication will improve in future. Make a considerable donation to charity/charities.

  4. Guy Stephens

    Coach never said he SPOKE to every player. Read the quote and then the reported words. Marvin owes coach and FSU students and fans an apology.

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