Clemson vs. FSU Postponed Due to Medical Staff Disagreement over Playing

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2020

A Clemson football helmet rests on the sidelines against Virginia Tech during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. Clemson won the ACC Championship game  38-10. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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The ACC announced Saturday's scheduled matchup between No. 4 Clemson and Florida State has been postponed after the teams' medical personnel were "unable to mutually agree on moving forward with the game."

The contest was set to occur Saturday at noon ET at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

Clemson is 7-1 and was looking to bounce back from an overtime loss to Notre Dame two weeks ago, while FSU is 2-6.

Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported that Clemson was informed at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday that Florida State was not comfortable playing the game after one Clemson player tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported that the "potential" makeup date for Clemson vs. Florida State is Dec. 12. Thamel added that Clemson was open to playing the game Sunday or Monday, but "FSU didn't agree."

Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence tweeted that Clemson was "ready to play" before the game was called off.

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Per ESPN's Andrea Adelson, FSU head coach Mike Norvell released the following 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. 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."

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich also chimed in on Twitter, writing: "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."

Neither Clemson nor Florida State had had one of their games postponed this season because of medical reasons, including COVID-19, before Saturday.

Clemson was significantly impacted by COVID-19, though, as Lawrence tested positive, which forced him to miss the Tigers' win against Boston College and loss to Notre Dame.

Freshman D.J. Uiagalelei started in place of Lawrence and played well, even though Clemson lost its first regular-season game since October 2017.

Lawrence had been cleared to play and was in line to start Saturday against FSU before the postponement.

Clemson will shift toward preparing for a home game against Pittsburgh next week, while Florida State will get ready for a home clash with Virginia.