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FSU-Virginia game postponed

Florida State’s game against Virginia was postponed Saturday morning after an FSU player tested positive and contact tracing ruled out a number of scholarship players.

A source told the Osceola that a defensive player tested positive on Friday.

“Our team underwent the mandated third-party testing yesterday (Friday) and learned late last night that we had one positive test,” athletics director David Coburn said. “Contact tracing this morning determined that, with opt-outs and injuries, we had just 44 scholarship players for the game, with some position groups depleted almost entirely.

“We deeply regret that many Florida State and Virginia fans have already traveled to the game as well as Virginia’s team. We simply had no way of knowing we would not be playing until this morning. We made every effort to play, but we could not do so in a way that was safe for the players.”

This is the second straight week an FSU game has been postponed on a Saturday following last week’s decision with the FSU-Clemson game.

FSU is scheduled to play at Duke on Dec. 5 but that game could be now in jeopardy depending on how many Seminoles are in isolation. FSU could play Clemson on Dec. 12 and try to make up the game with Virginia on Dec. 19.

But FSU may not have the ability to play a home game on Dec. 19. Doak Campbell Stadium is set to play host to the state’s high school championships on Dec. 16-19.

A source indicated FSU would like to play games on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 but there is “lots to work through.” The window to play an ACC regular-season game will likely close on Dec. 19 as the bowl selections will be made the following day.

The ACC has already rescheduled Georgia Tech at Miami for Dec. 19, but that game would not take place if the Hurricanes were slated to be in the ACC title game — which is already scheduled for Dec. 19 in Charlotte, N.C.