Following the news that the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Men’s Basketball Tournament was cancelled due to concerns over the rapid spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus just minutes before a scheduled quarterfinal tip-off against Clemson, Florida State, the ACC’s regular season champion, is officially declared the conference’s champion.
Following additional consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors, and in light of the continued conversations surrounding the fluidity of COVID-19, the Atlantic Coast Conference will immediately cancel the remainder of the 2020 ACC Tournament. For NCAA Tournament automatic qualification purposes, Florida State will represent the league as the ACC champion. We are disappointed for our student-athletes, schools and fans to have to make this decision; however, the overall health and safety of all involved is the priority.
The Seminoles finished the regular season 26-5 (16-4 ACC), clinching their first ever outright regular season title. Now, with the cancellation, Florida State is declared the ACC champion. The last time FSU represented the ACC as winner of the conference tournament was 2012, when Michael Snaer led the ’Noles.
The ACC says that Florida State will officially be recognized as ACC champion for automatic qualification purposes.— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) March 12, 2020
A ceremony is currently taking place to celebrate FSU’s championship:
Noles are on the court to be recognized as official ACC champions. pic.twitter.com/KT22gRjkWz— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) March 12, 2020
Swofford: “Florida State University has had an absolutely tremendous basketball season to this point. If there is an NCAA tournament - and we hope there will be, I can’t assure you there will be at this point - the Florida State Seminoles will be the AQ.”— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) March 12, 2020