Pac-12 announces Cal-Arizona State football game canceled – Press Enterprise

Cal’s football team just can’t get its 2020 season started because of COVID-19 issues.

But how is this for a twist: The Pac-12 Conference on Friday announced it had canceled the Golden Bears game at Arizona State because the Sun Devils do not have enough scholarship players available for the matchup.

Cal officials were not sure they could send the Bears to Tempe, Arizona, for the game because the team’s defensive line has been in quarantine after one positive test. Cal had to cancel its scheduled season opener last weekend against the University of Washington because of the situation.

The Pac-12 announced that Arizona State had a “number of positive COVID-19 cases” that resulted in the isolation of teammates under contact tracing protocols. The game will be declared a no contest, the league said.

“The cancellation of this game is very disappointing to our student-athletes and our fans,” the Pac-12 said in a statement.  “At the same time, it is further indication that our health and safety protocols are working in identifying positive cases and contact tracing cases.  While all of us want to see our football student-athletes on the field competing, our number one priority must continue to be the health and safety of all those connected to Pac-12 football programs.”

The cancellation is part of a growing trend in college football. Four out of seven Southeastern Conference games have been postponed this week so far. Ohio State-Maryland and Air Force-Wyoming are among the other games that have been canceled.

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