Saturday’s Clemson-Florida State game has been wiped out due coronavirus concerns and contact tracing within the Seminoles’ program, the decision coming just hours before the scheduled 12 p.m. ET scheduled kickoff. This marks the 18th game in Week 12 that’s been canceled or postponed due to COVID, a season high.
Dan Radakovich, the athletic director at Clemson, says the fourth-ranked Tigers are not happy with the decision.
“We are disappointed that we will not be able to play today’s game against Florida State,” Radakovich tweeted. “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.”
College GameDay host Rece Davis had this to say after the news broke during Saturday’s show:
“I don’t want to start something that’s not there, but I think you can read between the lines and understand from the statement that Clemson felt it could play,” Davis said. “That’s the way it seems anyway and Florida State did not.”
Clemson was a 35-point favorite in the game.
“I don’t want to overstate this, but there was some disagreement from both sides about whether they could proceed safely,” Davis said.
Florida State coach Mike Norvell talked earlier in the week about the Seminoles preparation for Clemson in relation to other top opponents in conference.
“I think we’ve learned from each week of experience,” Norvell said. “The Notre Dame week is a week we had a really good Tuesday practice, and our Wednesday practice wasn’t where it needed to be. When you go back and watch the film, the base-down situations were pretty good and some of the third-down situations weren’t as good. I think our guys, they know the challenge that’s ahead, they know the football team that’s coming in. It’s an exceptional team in all aspects.