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UVA-Florida State game postponed

The rescheduling follows positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Florida State football team.
Credit: UVA Athletics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State’s has had a home football game postponed on the day it was scheduled to be played for the second straight week.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Saturday that the Seminoles' game against Virginia would not be played because of COVID-19 issues within Florida State’s program. The games was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. EST.

Last week, Florida State’s game against Clemson was called just a few hours before a noon kickoff because medical personnel from each school could not agree on whether it was safe to proceed.

Clemson wanted to play after a player who traveled with the team to Tallahassee, Florida, tested positive, but Florida State officials did not want the game to be played.

The decision infuriated Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who insisted his program had followed protocols and said Florida State used COVID-19 as an excuse to call off a game in which the Tigers were a five-touchdown favorite.

The ACC's testing protocol requires the final test of players to be done within 24 hours of kickoff.

Florida State's game against Clemson has not yet been rescheduled though Dec. 12 would be the logical date, with Clemson on the road to playing in the conference title game on Dec. 19.

The Seminoles are scheduled to play next week at Duke. The game is the 16th out of 58 scheduled for this weekend across major college football to be postponed or canceled, including No. 3 Ohio State at Illinois.

Elsewhere Saturday, the start of the Rice-UTEP football game in Houston was delayed because of a second round of virus testing.