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FSU versus Virginia football game postponed due to COVID-19

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 11/28/2020 Iliana Limón Romero, Orlando Sentinel

Florida State will not host Virginia Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium due to COVID-19 issues among the Seminoles that were confirmed Saturday morning.

Florida State athletics director David Coburn outlined the issues that triggered the postponement.

“Our team underwent the mandated third-party testing yesterday and learned late last night that we had one positive test,” Coburn stated. “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.”

It’s the second consecutive week a Seminoles game has been postponed the day of the contest due to COVID-19 test results.

FSU notably offered more details about its decision-making this week after Clemson coach Dabo Swinney blasted the school last week for calling off its game against the Tigers due to COVID-19 concerns.

Clemson confirmed a player with COVID-19 symptoms practiced all week after testing negative for the virus. The team then traveled to Tallahassee with the player and received a test result indicating he was positive. Clemson argued its social distancing and other safety mechanisms were sufficient to justify playing and offered to delay the game for many hours or several days at its expense to allow for further testing.

FSU coach Mike Norvell said the Seminoles trusted their medical advisers, who stated playing the Tigers risked exposing the Seminoles to the virus.

The ACC stated Saturday FSU was observing league policy during its decision to postpone the contest against Virginia

“The rescheduling follows positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Florida State football team,” an ACC statement released Saturday read. “The team is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report, which is available on theACC.com.”

Florida State coach Mike Norvell tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this season and missed a game at Miami, but the Seminoles have since largely avoided virus issues.

Coburn pledged to relay information to fans regarding ticket refunds options at a later date.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Iliana Limón Romero at ilimon@orlandosentinel.com.

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