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Wake Forest’s game at Duke won’t be made up as ACC makes more football schedule changes

Changes to the Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule keep coming as a result of coronavirus complications, with the league announcing additional alterations on Saturday morning.

Wake Forest’s game at Duke, originally scheduled for Saturday but called off earlier in the week due to COVID-19 issues within the Demon Deacons program, won’t be rescheduled.

Duke (2-6 overall, 1-6 ACC) declined the option to make up the game against the Demon Deacons at the end of the regular season on Dec. 19. The Blue Devils will instead conclude their season Dec. 5 against visiting Florida State.

“To this point in the season, our players have been explicitly compliant, and continuing their isolated housing conditions without academic nor social settings for an additional two weeks would not be appropriate in this unsettling time,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a statement. “At Duke, we strive to provide an elite student-athlete experience and while this decision eliminates an opportunity for competition, we feel it is one with the best interests of every member of our program at the forefront.”

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Wake Forest’s game at Louisville, scheduled for Nov. 28, has been postponed to Dec. 19. The league has given Wake Forest (4-3, 3-3) permission to schedule an additional non-conference game for Nov. 28, if an opponent can be found on such short notice, to fill its 11-game allotment for the regular season.

The Louisville at Boston College game, recently moved to Dec. 12 to make room for the Wake Forest at Louisville game, has now been pushed back to its originally scheduled date of Nov. 28.

“We are still optimistic that we will be ready to play next week,” Wake Forest athletics director John Currie said in a statement. “Given our uncertainty, the right thing to do for our student-athletes and our ACC partners is to go ahead and release Louisville to play Boston College next weekend as was originally scheduled. Depending on results from Friday’s testing, we intend to resume football activities (Saturday) afternoon.”

Just hours before they were scheduled to kick off Saturday, the game between No. 4 Clemson and host Florida State was postponed to a later date to be determined. Medical personnel for both teams met for a conference call Saturday morning, where they were unable to agree on playing the game after a Clemson player tested positive.

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