The University of Washington football game at Oregon this Saturday has been canceled due to a rise in COVID-19 cases on the Huskies team, the Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday.
Read the statement the Pac-12 tweeted out just moments ago:
This comes after the UW football team paused all team-related activities “due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests within the program,” a school spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
Yesterday’s practice was suspended so that team members could undergo additional testing.
The Apple Cup between UW and Washington State was canceled last month because the Cougars did not have enough scholarship players available due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.
The cancellation raises the possibility that the rivals will not play for the first time since 1944, although both schools stated they are hopeful to reschedule if an open date presents itself.
“After assessing the overall status of our football program, we remain under the minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes and cannot forecast a scenario that allows us to reach that threshold by the end of the week,” Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said.