Options for Clemson regarding the out of conference game in 2020 (Photo by USAToday Sports)
Clemson’s complete 2020 schedule is still up in the air, and is now a little more complicated. Since the South Carolina game was canceled, due to the SEC only playing conference games this season, it was widely assumed that in-state Citadel would be the game that took the out-of-conference spot.
The Bulldogs were already on the Tigers original 2020 schedule, and they are an in-state school. That option seems unlikely now that the NCAA shelved all fall championships for FCS programs. Not to mention much of the Bulldogs roster no-showed the opening of fall camp.
“I respect the decisions of these players,” Ctadel coach Brent Thompson said. “I’ve been trying to act and move forward to clear up their safety concerns. I’ve been working over the last two days to try and get them straightened out. I respect the decisions by these players and will listen and act accordingly here in the next couple of days.
“We recognize this season is uncharted territory for all of us and we want to continue to work hard and be communicative and take care of each other. That is my number one goal. The safety of my players as they return to campus, and it’s an on-going process right now.”
Akron was the Tigers other non-conference opponent originally scheduled. Saturday morning the MAC announced it was postponing fall sports and hoping to pick them up in the spring, so the Zips are no longer an option.
Clemson is not the only ACC team struggling to fill that slot. Notre Dame has no out-of-conference opponent after the MAC’s announcement, and neither does Pitt. UNC still doesn’t have a team to play and several ACC teams are slated to face FCS teams who may not even play.