Nov. 30 (Meslop) — The Florida State Seminoles football group has had its third-consecutive game nixed due to optimistic COVID-19 checks and phone tracing.

The Atlantic Coast Convention introduced Sunday that the Seminoles’ game at Duke — deliberate for Saturday in Durham, N.C. — won’t be performed.

As an alternative, Duke will host Miami at eight p.m. EST Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Seminoles additionally eliminated Duke from their schedule of remaining video games.

Every of Florida State’s earlier two video games have been postponed hours earlier than their scheduled kickoffs.

Florida State athletic director David Coburn mentioned Saturday that the Seminoles realized that they had one optimistic take a look at Friday, the evening earlier than they have been scheduled to host Virginia in Tallahassee, Fla.

Extra contract tracing, accidents and opt-outs resulted within the Seminoles having simply 44 scholarship gamers obtainable to play towards the Cavaliers. Coburn mentioned among the Seminoles’ place teams have been “depleted virtually totally.”

“We made each effort to play, however we couldn’t accomplish that in a approach that was protected for the gamers,” Coburn mentioned.

The Seminoles have been scheduled to host Clemson on Nov. 21 earlier than neither groups’ medical advisors may agree to transfer ahead with that game. Clemson realized {that a} Tigers participant examined optimistic for COVID-19 after the group had traveled to Tallahassee earlier than that game was nixed.

The ACC has accomplished 74 of 85 scheduled video games this season. Convention COVID-19 protocol requires gamers who take a look at optimistic to isolate for 10 days and gamers concerned in contract tracing to be quarantined for 14 days.

The Seminoles are 2-6 this season.