Third Florida State football game in row nixed; Duke to host Miami instead

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Dabo Swinney trusts Clemson's medical team and says the Seminoles should have to forfeit the game. He also notes the turnover of Florida State coaches over the past four years. (1:21)

Florida State has had its scheduled game nixed for the third straight week, the ACC announced Sunday.

The Seminoles were scheduled to play at Duke on Saturday, but after issues with COVID-19 and contact tracing hit the team last week, the league opted to adjust that game and will have Miami play at Duke instead.

Florida State postponed each of its previous two games just hours before kickoff, including a Nov. 21 date with Clemson that resulted in a public spat between the two schools regarding coronavirus protocols.

After Clemson traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, for that game, the school learned that one player had tested positive for COVID-19. Although the ACC suggested that it was acceptable for the game to be played and said that Clemson had not violated protocols, Florida State's medical advisors disagreed, and the game was postponed out of what FSU called an abundance of caution.

A week later, Florida State fell victim to the same Friday testing protocols, postponing a game with Virginia after the Cavaliers had already flown to Tallahassee, with FSU athletic director David Coburn saying that one player had tested positive, and the resulting contact tracing left the Seminoles with just 44 scholarship players available.

"We simply had no way of knowing we would not be playing until this morning," Coburn said. "We made every effort to play, but we could not do so in a way that was safe for the players."

The ACC mandates that all players who test positive isolate for 10 days, and all players involved in contact tracing must be quarantined for 14 days. That timeline left FSU with no chance to play the game at Duke.

Miami will step in as the Blue Devils' Week 14 opponent after facing its own COVID-19 problems. An outbreak within the locker room that included a positive test for head coach Manny Diaz thwarted the Hurricanes' past two games, and COVID-19 concerns at Wake Forest put a halt to Saturday's scheduled game with the Demon Deacons.

Florida State is 2-6 this season and has no further games scheduled, though the Virginia game or the Clemson game could be rescheduled for the week of Dec. 12 or Dec. 19.

Miami (7-1, 6-1 ACC) will see its first action since it defeated Virginia Tech 25-24 on Nov. 14.