FSU coach slams Dabo Swinney over COVID comments: ‘Football coaches are not doctors’

FSU head coach Mike Norvell has responded to Dabo Swinney’s criticism after the Seminoles postponed their game against Clemson after a Tigers player tested positive for COVID-19.

“If the standard to play was zero positive tests, then we would have never had a season,” Swinney said to reporters on his weekly teleconference. “This game was not canceled because of COVID. COVID was just an excuse to cancel the game. To be honest with you, I don’t think it has anything to do with their players. I have no doubt that their players wanted to play and would have played. Same with the coaches. To me, the Florida State administration forfeited the game.”

Swinney was upset because Clemson traveled to Tallahassee for the game and said FSU should pay their travel expenses if they want to reschedule the game.

“If they want to play Clemson, in my opinion, they need to come to Clemson or they need to pay for all expenses,” Swinney said. “Other than that, there’s no reason for us to play them. We were there, we were ready and we met the standard.”

While speaking with reporters on Monday, FSU coach Mike Norvell said the Seminoles had no intentions of forfeiting the game and also sounded as though he was willing to assist with funding Clemson’s return to Tallahassee for a rematch.

He also took a dig at Swinney, saying, “Football coaches are not doctors. Some of us might think we are, but there’s a reason why those advisors are able to make those decisions from the information that is provided.”

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