The USC-California football game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed, Cal announced on Tuesday.
“It was a difficult decision to postpone Saturday’s game against USC,” Cal sports director Jim Knowlton said in a statement. “We know how important all of our games are to our student athletes, especially our seniors who have been incredible representatives of the program, but it was the right thing to do.
“Due to additional impact on specific position groups, we have decided to postpone Saturday’s game. We have had multiple COVID-19 positives within our program and we are taking every step we can to reduce the spread and protect the larger community. “
Cal was understaffed for his game in Arizona on Saturday, with about 42 stock exchange players in uniform after about two dozen tested positive during the week. The team, which has a 99% vaccination rate among players, experienced additional positive cases after the game in Arizona, the school said.
“Our hearts go out to all the people who enjoy our games in so many ways and especially the players who only get so many opportunities to get out there,” Cal coach Justin Wilcox said in a statement. “Postponing this game was a last resort and not an action we wanted to take, but it was not possible for us to set up a team on Saturday.”
Cal said it has contacted the Pac-12 to come up with the game at a later date. If that request is granted, it would likely take place on December 4 — a day after the Pac-12 title game. That would follow the precedent set when the 2018 Big Game between Cal and Stanford was postponed due to poor air quality.
An explanation of the Pac-12 was not immediately available.
Ahead of the season, the Pac-12 said that “Any game forfeited will be considered a conference loss to the team that made the forfeiture and a conference win to its opponent.”
However, there is a rule that allows Commissioner Georgie Kliavkoff to determine whether a school is guilty of inability to play a game.