- FSU star D-lineman Marvin Wilson said in a tweet early Thursday morning that coach Mike Norvell lied to the media about speaking to players individually about race issues.
- Wilson and the rest of the team are now refusing voluntary workouts “until further notice”.
- FSU’s win total for 2020 is set at 7.5, and with more apparent locker room issues, it could be headed for another tough season.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Thursday morning, star Florida State Seminole defensive lineman Marvin Wilson sent out a tweet calling head coach Mike Norvell a liar, and stating that he, and the rest of the team, would not be working out until further notice.
This could be a huge issue going forward for both FSU’s football program and college football bettors.
Wilson was referring to Norvell’s comments in an interview with The Athletic, where he said that he spoke to every player of the FSU football team individually regarding the events surrounding the death of George Floyd, and the current racial issues ongoing in the United States.
Man this 💩 did not happen mane. 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 💯 #hunchoout https://t.co/6Uuy6K7Eu3
— HEAD HUNCHO💧 (@marvinwilson21) June 4, 2020
In the tweet, Wilson quotes the original comment from Norvell and replies that “this — did not happen,” and goes onto say that the team simply got a previously written text sent to them and that no one on one conversation occurred.
Wilson’s post was retweeted by multiple players on the FSU team, therefore corroborating his statement that Norvell lied.
This is a shocking development of events for anyone surrounding the FSU football program.
Norvell is in his first year after being hired from Memphis and had so far received nearly universal approval from everyone inside and around the football team.
In his first six months on the job, he managed to keep Wilson and star receiver Tamorrion Terry from declaring for the NFL Draft, and had the team post their highest GPA average in school history in the Spring semester.
This would be his first issue as a coach at FSU, and at a time like this, it could be a massive one.
The Florida State football program has gone through tumultuous times in recent history, with the messy departure of Jimbo Fisher leading to the relative disaster that was Willie Taggart’s brief tenure.
After five consecutive 10-win seasons, the Seminoles have failed to reach above seven wins in their last three years.
Current odds at legal online sportsbooks have the Seminoles’ win total for 2020 set at 7.5.
Florida State Seminoles – 2020 Win Total
- Over 7.5 -110
- Under 7.5 -110
While the amount of talent on FSU’s roster should be able to lead them to at least eight wins on a feeble ACC schedule, Willie Taggart had similar locker room issues plague his time in Tallahassee.
If this ends up becoming a bigger issue, Norvell could lose the locker room before he has even coached a single play.
This could spell disaster for an FSU team desperate for leadership and motivation this season.
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