WSU football game against California canceled less than 2 hours before kickoff

The Washington State University football game scheduled against California for today has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues on the Golden Bears’ team, the Pac-12 Conference announced.

The Pac-12 just released this statement in a tweet:

The Golden Bears had one player test positive and then additional players were sidelined because of contact tracing.

The case was confirmed via a PCR test on Saturday, the league said.

WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun sent out this statement about today’s game:

On Thursday, the University of Washington football game at Oregon scheduled for Saturday was also canceled due to a rise in COVID-19 cases on the Huskies team.

The Pac-12 said the decision was made because UW did not have the minimum number of scholarship student-athletes available for the game due to the positive number of cases and the “resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under the contact tracing protocols.”

As for the Cougs, this is the third time a game has been canceled for them.

In November the WSU-Stanford game and the Apple Cup were canceled due to the Cougs not having the minimum number of scholarship players. A number of the athletes tested positive for the virus, resulting in some players being quarantined.

Due to conference policy, Saturday’s game will be declared a no contest.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.