UW game canceled after Cal player tests positive for coronavirus

VIDEO: UW game in jeopardy after Cal player tests positive for coronavirus

BERKELEY, Calif. — California’s season-opening game Saturday night against Washington is canceled following a positive coronavirus test on the Golden Bears.

The Pac-12 canceled the game on Thursday and released this statement:

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UW Athletic Director Jen Cohen released this statement after the game was canceled:

“Our students, coaches and staff have put in incredible amount of hard work to get to this point and we are deeply disappointed they won’t have the opportunity to compete Saturday in Berkeley. I’m also disappointed for Husky Nation, they have been so patient and supportive, and we know they couldn’t wait to cheer on our Dawgs this weekend. With that said, the policies and protocols developed by the Pac-12, local and state officials placed the health and safety of students, coaches and staff at the forefront. We will now turn our attention to next week and start our preparations for Oregon State.”

The positive test has caused what coach Justin Wilcox said is a “significant” number of players needing contact tracing. That meant practice was limited because of the players sidelined.

The player who tested positive is asymptomatic.

The game was scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. PST kickoff Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.