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Florida State AD David Coburn: ‘Noles had just 44 scholarship players available today

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“We made every effort to play, but we could not do so in a way that was safe for the players.”

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Florida State football has had their second game in as many weeks postponed due to Covid-19, after the Seminoles and the Virginia Cavaliers announced tonight’s primetime game was postponed. Both postponements have come on the day of the game after the opponent traveled to Tallahassee.

Last week, the postponement was due to a Clemson positive test. This week, a positive test within Florida State’s program and contact tracing left the ‘Noles with a limited number of scholarship players to play the game.

In a statement released by the school, FSU Director of Athletics David Coburn said:

“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.”

“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.”

FSU and UVA are yet to announce details regarding a rescheduled game.