ASU Football Game Canceled, Coach Herm Edwards Has Coronavirus
Nov 16 2020
Realistically, the entirety of the "Power Five" has been susceptible to COVID-19, as one might expect given the rising number of cases around the country.
Not long after the Pac-12 announced Friday the cancellation of two games this Saturday, the league quickly moved to schedule two healthy teams for a Sunday game.
"After consultation with our medical advisors and Coach Edwards, we immediately began a conversation with the Pac-12 office and California Athletics Director Kim Knowlton to make them aware of the situation", said Anderson.
Cal's game against Washington on November 7 was canceled after the Bears had a positive COVID-19 test and a position group was forced to quarantine because of that test.
In a statement issued by the school, Edwards encouraged fans to take the virus seriously. UCLA lost its season opener 48-42 to Colorado.
Also on Friday, No. 15 Coastal Carolina's game against Troy was canceled because of a "combination of positive COVID-19 tests and injuries to a specific position group within the Troy football program". The list includes Alabama's Nick Saban, Florida's Dan Mullen, Arkansas' Sam Pittman, Florida State's Mike Norvell, Kansas' Les Miles, and Arizona's Kevin Sumlin.
So far, 60 games between schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision have been canceled or postponed because of the pandemic since late August - and 13 this week.
There was uncertainty surrounding the Cal vs. ASU game during the week because of Berkely, California, city rules.
Oregon State announced Thursday that one football player had tested positive for COVID-19 this week and that three other players were in quarantine because of contact with that individual.
Cal and UCLA were not originally scheduled to play this season.
The Bears were on the brink of going without a game through the first two weeks of the Pac-12 season before finding a new opponent in the Bruins. ESPN's Kyle Bonagura is reporting that the Pac-12 might try to have Cal face UCLA at the Rose Bowl this weekend, even if doing so means holding that contest on an NFL Sunday.