“This game was not canceled because of COVID. COVID was just an excuse.” – Dabo Swinney
Nov 22, 2020
ESPN – One day after Florida State abruptly postponed its scheduled game against Clemson because of a positive COVID-19 test among the Tigers’ roster, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney lambasted FSU’s administration for the decision.
Swinney said Sunday that Clemson followed all required protocols when it traveled with a player who had shown prior symptoms of COVID-19 but did not receive a positive test result until after the team arrived in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday night.
Swinney implied that FSU’s administrators wanted out of the game and used the positive test as an excuse to cancel. Swinney said:
“COVID was just an excuse to cancel the game. I have no doubt their players wanted to play and would have played. And same with the coaches. To me, the Florida State administration forfeited the game.”
FSU declined to comment on Swinney’s comments Sunday, but coach Mike Norvell said in a statement Saturday that the school’s first priority is the “health of our student-athletes.”
Norvell said in the statement:
“… 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.”
An FSU spokesman said the school would continue to work with the ACC to reschedule the game.
Swinney said Sunday that this was not the first time a situation such as this had occurred this season and that no previous games were impacted, comparing the situation to that of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who practiced throughout the week prior to his positive COVID-19 test the Thursday before Clemson faced Boston College … Read more.