Following in line with other conferences during the 2021 football season, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that if teams don’t meet an 85 percent vaccination rate, they’d be liable for any game cancellation in the form of a forfeit.
From the ACC:
In the sports of football, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball:
If a 2021 ACC game cannot be played on its originally scheduled date by a team unable to play due to an insufficient number of available players related to COVID-19, that team shall be deemed to have forfeited, with a loss assigned to the team unable to play and a win assigned to its scheduled opponent, with both the loss and win, respectively, applied to the conference standings.
If a 2021 ACC game cannot be played on its originally scheduled date due to any factor(s) directly associated with a Game Discontinuation Consideration as listed in the current ACC Medical Advisory Group (MAG) Report, the Conference’s sport rescheduling policy shall apply.
If a 2021 ACC game cannot be played on its originally scheduled date due to both teams being unable to play due to an insufficient number of available players related to COVID-19, both teams shall be deemed to have forfeited, with a loss assigned to both teams and applied to the conference standings.
Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell offered an update on the team’s vaccination status heading into the season opener vs. Notre Dame.
“Over 90 percent of our team has started the process towards full vaccination. We’re getting closer every day.”
He also complimented Dr. Myron Rolle, former Seminole football player and current neurosurgeon, on his help educating the team, as well as everybody else involved in the process.
“We’re about education. These are 18 to 22-year-old young men who [we’re trying to] give all the information that is necessary for them to feel confident in any decision that they make.”