The Reason Clemson – Florida State Got Postponed [UPDATE]

Clemson vs. Florida State got abruptly postponed, three hours before kickoff today. The ACC announcement said that the two teams’ medical personnel were “unable to mutually agree on moving forward with the game.” After that, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence and Florida State defensive end Janarius Robinson both said their teams were ready to play. This left everyone wondering what the heck happened.

Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports has the answer:

This explanation makes sense, though it’s also unlikely to satisfy anyone who is upset over the decision. Earlier this month, the NFL’s chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said that there has been no evidence that COVID-19 has spread in the field of play between opponents — not only in the NFL, but in any sport in the world.

Update: Thamel has added more from Florida State’s rationale:

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. so . . .

    Fla State bails because ONE player on Clemson tested positive? Surely there is more to it than that? Are they officially INSANE?

    I am a board-certified physician and this is just nuts. There is no evidence that playing in a football game has ever spread one case of Covid.

    How is this scenario any different than when Trevor Lawrence tested positive prior the Notre Dame game, was held out of the game but allowed to travel with the team, stand on the sidelines, and interact with his team-mates during the entire game?

    Why don’t we just stop all sports and let these schools compete on EA Sports NCAA Football on X-box?

    Oh yeah, they outlawed that so we can’t.

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