The ACC announced Saturday morning the Clemson at Florida State game set for Noon has been postponed. The issue apparently is with the Seminoles as Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich issued a statement that the Tigers had met the minimum requirements of the ACC protocol and were prepared to play. Clemson arrived in Tallahassee on Friday and the team was at its hotel Saturday morning when the news was announced.
David Hood of TigerNet reported Florida State decided to not play in the game after learning a backup Clemson offensive lineman had a positive Covid test returned on Saturday from the Friday testing. Hood reported the Seminoles were concerned about contact tracing by playing the game.
Here’s the statement from the ACC:
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Clemson at Florida State football game will be postponed. The game was originally scheduled to be played today, Saturday, Nov. 21 at noon. The postponement follows this morning’s game conference call at which time both teams’ medical personnel were unable to mutually agree on moving forward with the game. Both teams continue to adhere to the minimum outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report. As was previously announced, the 2020 ACC Football scheduling model includes 11 games (10 conference plus one non-conference), played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates.
Florida State issued this statement:
“Our first priority is the health of our student-athletes, and I appreciate the protocols that have been put in place by FSU and the ACC to ensure everyone’s health while allowing us to play this season,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “It’s unfortunate that we will not have the opportunity to compete today, but we hope to be able to play Clemson in December. I am thankful for the support and coordination between our administration, Clemson and the ACC office. Our team will now turn our focus to hosting Virginia next week.” More details regarding the rescheduled game, including ticket information, will be announced at a later date.
Clemson issued a state on the postponement as well from Radakovich:
“We are disappointed that we will not be able to play today’s game against Florida State. Clemson has followed all of the ACC’s protocol in preparation for this game. We now look ahead to returning to action next week against Pitt for Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium.”