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Clemson announced that offensive coordinator Tony Elliott will have to miss the College Football Playoff semifinal game against Ohio State on Friday due to COVID-19 protocols.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated says that Clemson officials believe, for the time being at least, that Elliott is asymptomatic. Therefore, depending on the date he took the test, he could be eligible to return on January 7th or 8th. Should Clemson advance past Ohio State, Elliott could be back for the national title game on January 11th.
Grace Raynor, who covers Clemson for The Athletic, provides a glimpse at how the offensive personnel staff may change:
With Tony Elliott not calling plays Friday in the Sugar Bowl, be on the lookout for QB coach Brandon Streeter. Dabo Swinney is obviously an offensive coach, as well.
— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) December 30, 2020
For what it’s worth, the line over at our partners at FanDuel hasn’t reacted at all to this announcement yet. Clemson was favored by 7.5 points earlier this week, and that remains the case right now.