Washington State at Stanford game canceled over COVID-19 concerns

The Cougars will not take the field this weekend against Stanford.

The Pac-12 canceled Saturday’s game after Washington State did not have the minimum number of scholarship players.

A number of athletes tested positive for COVID-19 which then resulted in several players being quarantined.

Washington State University Athletic Director Pat Chun said, “Based on a number of factors, our team has fallen below the Pac-12′s minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes to play a game. We are saddened for not only our student-athletes, coaches and staff, but those within the Stanford program, who have worked so hard preparing for this weekend. We have been in communication with the Pac-12 Conference and Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir throughout the week, hoping to be able to play the game as scheduled.”

Head coach Nick Rolovich released a statement that read, “I’m disappointed for our team and our players. They have battled through so much this year. We had a good week of practice and were excited to play this game. I recognize the pain they feel with this lost opportunity but this 2020 football team is a resilient group of young men.”

Under Conference policy, the game will be declared a no contest.

The team’s next game is the Apple Cup against the University of Washington on Nov. 27.