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FSU-Clemson postponed, Dec. 12 an option as make-up date

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The Florida State-Clemson game was abruptly postponed on Saturday morning.

“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,” coach Mike Norvell said in an email from the school. “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.”

The ACC stated in an email that “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.”

ESPN’s Andrea Adelson posted in a story Saturday morning: “A source told ESPN that a Clemson player tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday after practicing with the Tigers during the week. That led Florida State to say it was not comfortable playing Saturday’s game, the source said.”

To further clarify:

An FSU source told the Osceola that Norvell and administrators would like the Seminoles to play Clemson on Dec. 12, which is a common bye week for the teams. Clemson will likely be playing in the ACC title game on Dec. 19.

This would mean Clemson loses its bye week before the ACC title game, which it is likely to play in. But the ACC also left a date in place on Dec. 12 for make-up games as part of the revised schedule that came out in August.

Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich issued a terse statement on his Twitter: “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 look ahead to returning to action next week against Pitt for Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day.”

Later Saturday, Radakovich spoke with theState.com and was asked about a return trip to Tallahassee on Dec. 12.

“Somebody would have to pay the cab fare,” Radakovich told theState.com.

ACC athletics directors meet via phone or Zoom every Saturday morning throughout the season to quickly discuss if they are a go or no go for that day’s game. This is the first ACC game of 2020 that has been halted on a Saturday.

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