Clemson's Swinney: 'COVID was just an excuse' for FSU to cancel game

Grant Boone
November 23, 2020

Saturday's game between No. 4 Clemson and Florida State in Tallahassee has been postponed, the ACC announced just three hours before the scheduled kickoff.

"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", Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said. Same with the coaches. "And if they want to play Clemson, in my opinion, they need to come to Clemson or they need to pay for all expenses".

Swinney was upset that the game was canceled after they made the trip and followed the league's protocols.

"We now look ahead to returning to action next week against Pitt for Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium", Radakovich said in a statement.

"I'm incredibly disappointed we did not play, and I'm disappointed in the decision to not play", he said.

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The Tigers are set to return to the field next Saturday against Pittsburgh, while the Seminoles face Virginia. The postponement stemmed from a positive test Clemson received Friday after traveling to Tallahassee. "Period. They canceled the game".

In this case, Florida State and Clemson could not agree to move forward with the game. This is standard before any ACC game can be played.

Star Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was scheduled to make his first start since October 24.

Boston College's home game against Louisville, originally scheduled for December 12, has been moved up to November 28 in order to complete as many conference games as possible, a news release from BC athletics said.

"We woke up this morning ready to play this game", Norvell told ESPN.

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