BREAKING: CLEMSON OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR TONY ELLIOTT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID, WILL MISS SUGAR BOWL
What a gut punch for Clemson fans! All you can do is shake your head. We just interviewed Elliott yesterday, and he appeared fine. You’d think that the players and especially the coaches would have been wearing double masks for the last week with everything that’s at stake. Many players went home for Christmas, so who knows how many others have tested positive. We don’t know yet who else will be ruled out through contact tracing, and you’d have to think Etienne is at high risk to have caught it from Elliott. Even if all of the players are somehow cleared to play, this will have an effect on play-calling in the Sugar Bowl, and it's a disadvantage for the Tigers. I presume Dabo or Streeter will take over play-calling duties. Perhaps Elliott will be able to communicate with the sideline during the game. Coaches with covid were not allowed to do that during the season, but I’m trying to find out if that will still be the case for the CFP. Maybe it will turn out to be a false positive like Nick Saban's before the Georgia game. That would be fantastic news! I'll say this in retrospect: Trevor getting COVID back in late October was a huge blessing in disguise. At the very least, we know he'll be able to play against Ohio State! The extremely brief press release from Clemson is below. I’ll have much more info as it comes in!
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs Coach Tony Elliott will be unavailable for the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1, while in COVID-19 protocols. Elliott will not travel with the team to New Orleans this afternoon.
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