Clemson will be absent from a head coach on Friday.
Team Tigers announced on Wednesday that attack coordinator and back-trainer Tony Elliott will be absent from the Sugar Bowl competition due to COVID-19 protocols. He will not travel with the rest of the squad to New Orleans later Wednesday afternoon.
And so, Clemson would face Ohio without the luxury of having their 2017 Broilers award-winning coordinator calling for all-season play on the sidelines. He was prevented from contacting the rest of the coaches during the match, and coach Dabou Sweeney was left to see how the foul would work without relying on Elliott.
So far, it is unclear whether or not Elliott has tested positive for COVID-19 or whether it has affected anyone else within the program. Both Ohio and Clemson will release their status reports Friday in the run-up to the match.
Elliott, who I spoke to the media As part of a regularly scheduled press conference on Wednesday, he’s been at Clemson since 2011. The 41-year-old became a fast-track captain when he played for the Tigers from 2000 to 2003, and three years later he embarked on a coaching career that didn’t get him out of South Carolina. After spells in South Carolina and Foreman, he joined Clemson’s coaching staff in 2011 as a coach for appearances. He was then promoted by Sweeney to Joint Attack Coordinator in 2015 before becoming the sole coordinator of the attack earlier this year when he left fellow Joint Attack Coordinator Jeff Scott for South Florida.
Since Elliott began his co-ordination duties half a decade ago, the Sugar Bowl will be the first time Sweeney has not brought him onto the field for a match.
Ohio State – Clemson is set to cruise at 8 pm on ESPN with the National Championship berth on the line.