USC vs. Cal is called off due to Golden Bears’ COVID-19 issues – Community News

USC vs. Cal is called off due to Golden Bears’ COVID-19 issues

The USC soccer team’s game in California on Saturday has been canceled due to COVID-19 cases among the Golden Bears.

Cal is asking the Pac-12 to move the game to later this season, the school announced Tuesday.

It is the first Pac-12 COVID-19-related postponement of the 2021 season and is considered one of the first of the Power Five schools a year after the pandemic forced major changes to college football schedules.

The Trojans (4-5, 3-4 Pac-12 Conference) and Golden Bears (3-6, 2-4) would face each other Saturday at 4 p.m. in a game broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

Instead, the struggling USC gets a farewell before hosting rival UCLA on Nov. 20 at the Coliseum.

“Postponing Saturday’s game against USC was a tough decision,” Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton said in a press release. “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 decided to cancel Saturday’s game We have had multiple COVID-19 positives in our program and we are taking every step we can to reduce the spread and protect the larger community.”

Cal had to battle without 24 players and five assistant coaches in a 10-3 loss to Arizona last week, breaking the Wildcats’ 20-game losing streak after a group of players tested positive for COVID-19 and others were banned under strict conditions. postponed. interpretation of the City of Berkeley’s rules regarding quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.

Golden Bears coach Justin Wilcox was visibly frustrated during his post-game press conference about the impact his limited roster had on his team’s chance of beating Arizona.

Cal quarterback Chase Garbers, who missed the game in Arizona, posted on Twitter Monday complaining about tests being conducted by the city and the university, even though no local ordinances mandated such enforcement for fully vaccinated players who do not have COVID-19. showing symptoms.

Now Cal faces the challenge of convincing the Pac-12 to reschedule the USC game. Before the season, the Pac-12 informed schools that any league game canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak would be considered forfeiture and that the scheduled opponent would win, but the commissioner would have the discretion to judge each case.

“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 and about,” said Wilcox. “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.”