Earlier: A major Pac-12 football battle has been postponed because of COVID-related issues.
Cal was down a total of 24 players, including seven starters (one of which being quarterback Chase Garbers), for last Saturday’s Arizona game. The Wildcats took advantage, winning 10-3 and ending their 20-game losing streak.
The Golden Bears have contacted the Pac-12 about potentially rescheduling the USC game.
“The Pac-12 football game scheduled between Cal and USC for this Saturday has been postponed due to additional Cal football student-athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 and are unavailable to practice this week or play in the contest,” Cal athletics announced. “Cal has contacted the pac-12 about rescheduling the game later this season.”
Game Update for Cal Football vs USC this Saturday.
— Cal Athletics (@CalAthletics) November 9, 2021
Cal is going to try and reschedule the game, but it’ll first have to get permission from the Pac-12.
The conference announced ahead of the season it wouldn’t reschedule games which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, though.
“Following consultation with the Pac-12 Athletic Directors Committee, the Pac-12 has determined that its prior longstanding game forfeiture rule … that was temporarily modified for this past season due to COVID-19, shall once again be applied for this coming athletic season,” the league said in a statement, via USA Today. “In accordance with that rule, if an institution is unable to play a contest through its own fault, it shall forfeit such contest to its opponent.”
If the Pac-12 follows through with its season-long stance, USC will be awarded a victory and move to 5-5 on the season.
Cal, meanwhile, will next play on Nov. 20 against the Stanford Cardinal. That game may be in jeopardy as well, though.
Update: The game has been rescheduled for December 4.
USC announces that its game against Cal is rescheduled to Dec. 4
— Adam Grosbard (@AdamGrosbard) November 10, 2021
At least these two teams won’t lose the opportunity to play each other.
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