A week after an 11th hour postponement of the FSU/Clemson game the game between Florida State and Virginia was called as well.
This was the statement made from the Director of Athletics, David Coburn:
“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.”
He continued with the following:
“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.”
Initial reports are that the game would be postponed yet no date has been set for either the game against the Tigers or the Cavaliers.
And then late Sunday night the ACC released their game times for the December 5th slate along with the announcement that the FSU/Duke game has been cancelled.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Florida State at Duke game will not be played on Saturday, December 5. Instead, Miami will travel to Duke this Saturday for a 8 p.m. kickoff on ACC Network.
This definitely comes as a potential blow for possible recruiting but could be viewed as a double-edged sword.
It’s no secret the Noles have had a rough season. So does cancelling the game against Duke (and no guarantee the games against Clemson and Virginia will be rescheduled) force the hand of potential recruits to lean toward another school?
Or does not seeing FSU get steamrolled yet again still hold the school in high-regards by recruits that are still on the fence?
We’ll be taking a deeper dive into this with our next Laces Out episode but it definitely is leaning toward the “the season is over” for Florida State at this point.
If that is the case then we’d like to tip our hats to Mike Norvell, his staff, and the players for navigating a tough season that placed the Noles behind the 8-ball before the Spring Game even took place.
We hope they have a successful offseason and a great group of kids signed in the Spring to start the rebirth of Seminole Football in Tallahassee.