"Football coaches are not doctors". Clemson was willing to play the game on Saturday, but Florida State wanted to postpone because of concerns about the potential spread of the virus among players that spend a lot of time on the field in close proximity to one another. As virus disruptions mount and the December 19 end of college football's regular season draws closer, the possibility grows that conference championships, major awards and even College Football Playoff participants will be determined by COVID-19. The two-time national champion added that Florida State should have been forced to forfeit the game.
Swinney suggested that the game should only be rescheduled if the Seminoles play at Clemson or pay for the Tigers' travel expenses.
Swinney shared his frustration with that response during his radio show.
"I know what the rules are, I know what they were and I know we met the standard to play", he said.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney isn't letting up when it comes to the decision to postpone last weekend's game at Florida State.
"We're not doctors", said Swinney. "I trust the people here and I trust our doctors 100 percent". "Listen, I'm not really anxious about what they say down there in Tallahassee, that's for sure". That's for sure. I've been in this league 18 years, been the head coach here 12.
"I'm not going worry about the advice from Tallahassee", he continued. "I trust our medical people here". "I just listen to the doctors".
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who missed two games after testing positive for COVID-19 last month, was disappointed he couldn't return to the field last week for the first time since October 24.
By that point, No. 4 Clemson (7-1, 6-1 ACC; No. 3 College Football Playoff) was already in Tallahassee. The Tigers host Pittsburgh on Saturday, and then travel to Virginia Tech on December 5.
Norvell's comments came after Swinney said Sunday night that FSU was simply using the coronavirus as an excuse to not play the game.
Indeed, Norvell - in his first season at Florida State - is the Seminoles' third coach since 2017. "We've got to remember the world in which we're operating right now". Are you kidding me?