No. 4 Clemson at Florida State postponed hours before kickoff

The game between No. 4 Clemson and Florida State was postponed hours before the start of this Saturday when medical personnel at both schools could not agree on whether it was safe to play amid the pandemic.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the postponement, although it did not detail whether the game at Florida State was canceled due to coronavirus problems.

No recovery date was announced, but Florida State coach Mike Norvell said he expected it to be in December. Clemson’s only open date is December 12. The ACC Championship Game is December 19.

Clemson’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence was scheduled to make his first start since Oct. 24. He has missed the last two games, including a 47-40 double loss in overtime at Notre Dame, after testing positive for COVID-19.

Norvell had also tested positive for the virus in September, missing the Seminoles game with Miami.

Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said the school had followed all ACC protocols in the week leading up to the game.

“We now look to the future to return to action next week against Pitt for Senior Citizen Day and Military Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium,” Radakovich said in a statement.

Florida State coach Mike Norvell said in a statement that “we look forward to playing Clemson in December.” The Seminoles will play Virginia next Saturday.

The ACC also announced several schedule changes. The Louisville at Boston College game recently moved to December 12 will be played on November 28.

The Wake Forest game in Louisville will be played on December 19 instead of November 28. The Demon Deacons’ game with Duke, which was canceled for this week, will not be rescheduled.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said canceling the Wake Forest game was the right thing to do, given what his players have faced this season.

“Our players have explicitly complied and continuing their isolated living conditions without academic or social settings for an additional two weeks would not be appropriate at this disturbing time,” Cutcliffe said in a statement.

There have been 18 postponements this week out of the 62 games scheduled. It’s the 81st of the season since the schedules were set in late August, and it is believed to be the first game postponed on game day.