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Norvell tests positive for COVID, Thomsen takes over in interim

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Florida State announced that coach Mike Norvell tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday after testing negative in two prior tests. Norvell said his wife, Maria, and daughter, Mila, have tested negative.

“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. “I will remain involved remotely as much as possible to help our team continue to prepare.”

Norvell will be in isolation for 10 days, per ACC policy. He will miss the Miami game next Saturday.

Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will handle day-to-day coaching responsibilities. Thomsen has been a college coach for 24 years, including seven years as the head coach at Abilene Christian from 2005-11.

Thomsen is also the team’s tight ends coach.

FSU athletics director David Coburn said he has communicated with ACC commissioner John Swofford was well as Miami officials.

“This is unfortunate, but luckily Coach is feeling fine,” Coburn said. “We are proceeding with our Covid protocols as we would with any other case. Coach is isolated, and university tracing staff is handling the contact tracing as they normally do. … At this point, based on our testing this week, we have no reason to believe that the Miami game is in jeopardy.”

The Osceola interviewed Thomsen at length this spring. Here is the interview:

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