Florida's Mullen joins players in testing positive for virus
Mullen made the announcement Saturday on Twitter, saying his initial positive result was confirmed by a second test. The 10th-ranked Gators had at least 21 players and coaches test positive earlier this week, an outbreak that prompted the Southeastern Conference to postpone Florida's next two games. Two assistant coaches also tested positive for the highly contagious virus. Florida has started administering daily tests since it first suspected an outbreak following last week's loss at Texas A&M. Mullen raised eyebrows after the loss to the Aggies by saying he wanted to pack the Swamp against LSU.
Kansas coach cleared of virus but skips West Virginia game
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas coach Les Miles has been cleared to return to the Jayhawks after his positive test for COVID-19, but out of caution is skipping the team's trip to West Virginia for Saturday's game. The 66-year-old Miles announced last week that routine testing had returned a positive test. “Coach Miles is doing well and has been cleared to leave isolation," Kansas team physician Dr. Larry Magee said in a statement. Miles isn't the only head coach to test positive for the virus. Alabama's Nick Saban and Arizona's Kevin Sumlin recently returned positive tests.
King throws 2 TD passes as Miami routs Florida State 52-10
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – D’Eriq King threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters and No. 12 Miami beat Florida State 52-10 on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami scored touchdowns on its five possessions and built a 35-point lead at halftime. The Seminoles (0-2) were without head coach Mike Norvell, who tested positive for coronavirus and remained in Tallahassee under quarantine. Assistant Chris Thomsen served as head coach.
US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks
Several teams in other leagues have had to postpone games because of outbreaks among players and staff. Ron DeSantis, alarmed by what he sees as draconian rules on college campuses, said he is drawing up a “bill of rights” for college students. The University of Wisconsin-Madison had seen more than 2,800 confirmed cases in students as of Friday. At Kansas State University, more than 2,200 students have been placed in quarantine or isolation since class began. But Mariscano said universities should expect college students to act like college students.
Week 4 Preview: FSU-Miami has King in spotlight; SEC begins
Before Miami won easily last year, the ‘Canes and ’Noles played five straight games decided by five points or fewer. A pandemic-altered college football season has helped put FSU-Miami in the spotlight again this weekend. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are still at least a month away, but the college football menu is starting to fill up. 7-6 — Lane Kiffin's record in his one SEC season as coach at Tennessee. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Hurricanes excited for intensity and stakes in showdown with Seminoles
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes are fired up about the opportunity to host Florida State on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium. Canes head coach Manny Diaz said, “It’s still just game two. This a team that’s getting some of the details right week in and week out. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen assumes the in-person head coaching role for the game. Diaz said that the one word he would use to describe Florida State is multiplicity.
FSU football coach Mike Norvell will miss rivalry showdown with Miami after testing positive for COVID-19
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University’s Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will take over preparing for the next Seminoles game, which is against the Hurricanes in Miami, after head football coach Mike Norvell announced Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “In our most recent round of COVID testing yesterday, I received a positive result after being negative in our previous two tests this week,” Norvell stated in an FSU news release. “Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will handle in-person head coaching duties until I am able to return. The coach said the positive result was not expected, however, the school was prepared for the situation. “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.
FSU coach Norvell tests positive for virus before Miami
He released a statement Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 saying he tested positive Friday. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)Florida State coach Mike Norvell has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach the Seminoles in-person this week as they prepare for Miami. Norvell released a statement Saturday saying he tested positive a day earlier but is feeling fine. In Tallahassee, Florida, deputy head coach Chris Thomsen is taking over Norvell's duties, but the first-year Florida State head coach said he still intends to contribute. Toledo coach Jason Candle and UCLA coach Chip Kelly tested positive earlier this year.
Florida St football team meets after coach accused of lying
The Florida State football team met with coach Mike Norvell on Thursday after a star player accused the coach of lying about personally connecting with each player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice. I want to tell you that coach just finished a closed team meeting with the football team, Coburn told the board. On Thursday, some support for Norvell was turning up on social media from Florida State players. Linebacker Kevon Glenn tweeted: We love our coach and we are together as a team.___AP freelance writer Bob Ferrante in Tallahassee, Florida, contributed to this report. Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and https://appodcasts.com/category/ap-top-25-college-football/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/APTop25CollegeFootballPoll and https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Florida State names Mike Norvell new football coach
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second time in two years, Florida State has a new football coach. The 38-year-old Texas native has never had a losing season and never won fewer than eight games since becoming a head coach. “I’m humbled and honored for the opportunity to be the head coach at Florida State University, one of the iconic brands in college football,” Norvell said in a statement released by the school. Memphis head coach Mike Norvell celebrates with his team after the Tigers defeated Cincinnati for the American Athletic Conference championship, Dec. 7, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee. Odell Haggins led the Seminoles to a 2-1 record as interim coach after Taggart was dismissed, helping Florida State to become bowl eligible.