For the second straight week, a Florida State football game has been postponed on the day of the game.
The ACC announced Saturday morning that the Seminoles’ game vs. Virginia, slated for an 8 p.m. ET start at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, has been postponed due to “positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Florida State football team.”
“Our team underwent the mandated third-party testing yesterday and learned late last night that we had one positive test. Contact tracing this morning determined that, with opt-outs and injuries, we had just 44 scholarship players for the game, with some position groups depleted almost entirely,” FSU Director of Athletics David Coburn said in a statement.
“We deeply regret that many Florida State and Virginia fans have already traveled to the game as well as Virginia’s team. We simply had no way of knowing we would not be playing until this morning. We made every effort to play, but we could not do so in a way that was safe for the players.”
Mike Norvell’s FSU group is 2-6 this season. (Photo: Don Juan Moore)
FSU said that more details regarding the rescheduled game, including ticket information, will be announced at a later date.
With FSU having just 44 scholarship players available and the 14-day quarantine period due to contact tracing just beginning, it’s fair to doubt if FSU will be able to play at Duke on Dec. 5.
FSU was a part of some unfortunate history last week when its game vs. Clemson became the first college football game this season to be postponed on the day of a game after a Clemson player traveled before finding out he had tested positive.
The positive FSU test snaps a streak of over two months without a positive test within the Seminoles’ program. FSU head coach Mike Norvell had been the last person to test positive on Sept. 18.
Per ACC protocols, teams are tested three times weekly with the Friday tests executed by third-party personnel.
There’s been no indication as to when this game could be made up. With neither team set to compete in the ACC Championship on Dec. 19, that day could make sense after the Cavaliers make up their game vs. Virginia Tech on Dec. 12.
— Curt Weiler, The Tallahassee Democrat, part of the USA TODAY Network
Boise State vs. San Jose State canceled
The game between San Jose State and Boise State that was to be held at Albertsons Stadium in Idaho has been canceled, according to a news release from the Mountain West Conference, because of an “upward trend of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Boise State football program.” The statement also called the game a “no contest” and said that there is no plan in place to reschedule it.