Dabo Swinney is not blissful that his Clemson staff’s scheduled Nov. 21 sport towards Florida State was postponed.
Speaking to media in a Sunday press convention, Clemson head coach Swinney mentioned, “This sport was not canceled due to COVID. COVID was simply an excuse to cancel the sport.”
In the ACC’s announcement Saturday that the sport was postponed, the convention wrote that “each groups’ medical personnel have been unable to mutually agree on shifting ahead with the sport.”
Clemson’s athletic director Dan Radakovich spoke earlier than Swinney on Sunday night. He mentioned that the Tigers examined greater than 150 people Friday and that one check got here again optimistic. According to ESPN, it was a participant who examined optimistic, and he traveled with the staff earlier than his check got here again optimistic Saturday morning. The ACC additionally famous that “each groups proceed to stick to the minimal outlined protocols throughout the ACC Medical Advisory Group report.”
Swinney paralleled this weekend’s scenario to what occurred with Trevor Lawrence earlier within the season earlier than Clemson performed Boston College. Swinney mentioned Lawrence practiced the primary half of the week earlier than sitting out Thursday after his optimistic check had come again.
Radakovich mentioned that Clemson’s journey to Florida State price the varsity about $300,000. Swinney clarified that he does not blame the FSU coaches or gamers, however as an alternative the administration.
“No one has ever had an phantasm that there would by no means be a optimistic on a Friday,” Swinney mentioned. “… A man testing optimistic on Friday doesn’t cancel a sport. I used to be on each committee name for months since March and that was by no means the case.”
Saturday’s scheduled sport in Tallahassee, Florida, was imagined to be Lawrence’s return from COVID-19 and can be the Tigers’ first outing since dropping to Notre Dame on Nov. 7. Instead, there aren’t but particulars on rescheduling of Clemson-FSU, in accordance with Radakovich.
During his presser, Swinney mentioned that, “In my opinion, they forfeited the sport,” and that whether or not Clemson would fly again to FSU to play a rescheduled sport is a query for Radakovich. There’s nothing listed within the ACC’s COVID protocols for what would represent a forfeit.