Cal to play UCLA on Sunday amid COVID-19 cancellations

Tanya Simon
November 15, 2020

"This put our team below the Pac-12's minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes under the league's game cancellation policy".

Utah's season opener last week against Arizona was also called off for reasons connected to COVID-19 cases on the team.

In a statement issued by the school, Edwards encouraged fans to take the virus seriously.

Arizona State lost to USC to open the Pac-12 season a week ago.

Despite scheduling a game less than 48 hours from it taking place, both teams return most of their players from last season, when the Bears won 28-18 at the Rose Bowl in the regular-season finale.

Vice President for ASU Athletics, Ray Anderson, released a statement Friday announcing Head Coach Herm Edwards, multiple student-players and other coaching staff members tested positive for coronavirus. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman will miss his team's game Saturday against Florida after he tested positive for the virus earlier in the week.

"The added flexibility of a December 19 playing date for teams that do not qualify for the SEC Football Championship and the ability to adjust opponents on five-day notification provide a greater opportunity for our schools to play a full schedule of games in 2020", SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said.

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Friday's announcements from the West Coast capped the most tumultuous week of COVID-19 disruptions of the college football season.

There was uncertainty surrounding the Cal vs. ASU game during the week because of Berkely, California, city rules.

"We are doing our best to play the game, but if we lose many more guys this week, it may be a situation where we are not able to", Whittingham said.

Instead, it was COVID-19 cases at Arizona State that ended up causing the game to be canceled.

Meanwhile, the SEC is planning to use December 19, the day of the league title game, as a makeup date for remaining games that were previously postponed.

In light of the Sunday scheduling of this game, the Conference has rescheduled the UCLA at OR game now scheduled to take place on Friday evening, November 20 to Saturday, November 21, with the exact game time to be announced as soon as confirmed.

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