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Clemson’s Swinney: COVID-19 FSU “excuse to cancel game”

January 9, 2017 Tampa, FL...Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney holds the Championship trophy while...
January 9, 2017 Tampa, FL...Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney holds the Championship trophy while being interviewed by ESPN Rece Davis after the Alabama Crimson Tide vs the Clemson Tigers game on Monday, January 9, 2017 in the College Football National Championship Game in Tampa, FL. Alabama was defeated Clemson 35-31. (Mandatory Credit: Juan Lainez / MarinMedia.org / Cal Sport Media) (Complete photographer, and credit required) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)(WIBW)
Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 10:14 AM EST
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(AP) - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney believes the postponement of his fourth-ranked Tigers game at Florida State on Saturday was for reasons other than COVID-19.

Swinney said Clemson followed all protocol after learning a backup offensive lineman had tested positive for the virus after the team’s trip to Tallahassee, Florida.

Guidelines were put forth to deal with such issues, Swinney said.

He said the game should be a forfeit in Clemson’s favor and if Florida State wants to play the Tigers, the game should take place at Clemson with FSU handling all expenses.

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