TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Bowden, former Florida State University football coach, has tested positive for the coronavirus and was home monitoring his symptoms.
Family friend and Bowden’s former publicist Kim Shiff said the 90-year-old Hall of Fame coach had been hospitalized for about two weeks, being treated for an infection after having a procedure to remove a skin cancer from his leg.READ MORE: Florida Hospital Administrators Ask Lawmakers For Help Amid Staffing Crisis
Bowden returned home late last week and was informed by his doctor he had tested positive for the virus on Saturday, he told the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday. He said he had yet to experience symptoms of COVID-19.
“I don’t feel bad, yet,” Bowden told the newspaper. “I guess I can loaf around the rest of the week. I just have to keep an eye out for (symptoms).”
Bowden coached Florida State for 34 years and is second on the career victories list in major college football with 357, behind only the late Joe Paterno of Penn State.READ MORE: Florida City Police Officers Arrest Driver Wanted In Fatal Hit-&-Run Of Mini Scooter Rider
He won national championships in 1993 and 1999.
“We are thinking about coach,” Florida State coach Mike Norvell told reporters. “We will be praying for a speedy recovery.”
Norvell tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was forced to miss Florida State’s game against Miami.MORE NEWS: Harvest Moon Right Before Fall Season Starts, Are King Tides Possible?
Bowden said he is isolating at his home in Tallahassee and his wife, Ann, along with his daughter and grandson, all of whom are being tested for the virus.