Saturday’s game between Clemson and Florida State was postponed 3 hours before kickoff. The ACC released a vague statement about why the game wasn’t played, citing a disagreement between medical experts.

What the disagreement was remains to be seen, but one reporter says Clemson met the criteria to play and Florida State backed out:

At issue was a COVID test for a player who had reportedly been practicing all week after negative tests:

Clemson AD Dan Radakovich released a statement on Twitter expressing his disappointment and saying the Tigers followed protocols:

Florida State coach Mike Norvell also released a statement, citing health and safety (via

“Our first priority is the health of our student-athletes, and I appreciate the protocols that have been put in place by FSU and the ACC to ensure everyone’s health while allowing us to play this season,” Florida State coach Mike Norvell said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that we will not have the opportunity to compete today, but we hope to be able to play Clemson in December. I am thankful for the support and coordination between our administration, Clemson and the ACC office. Our team will now turn our focus to hosting Virginia next week.”

Players on both teams seem to be disappointed, too, as they tweeted they were ready to play:

This is an interesting saga. We’ll see what comes out next.