UCLA reports one COVID-19 case, but game still on
An unnamed UCLA football player tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Friday, but the Bruins’ season opener at Colorado on Saturday reportedly is still set to be played.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the affected player is a defensive reserve and none of his teammates were being quarantined for contact tracing. The full Bruins squad will undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and antigen testing pregame in Boulder, per the report.
The Pac-12 conference, which is set to begin its pandemic-delayed season Saturday, already has called off two games on the schedule due to COVID-19 issues.
California’s home game against Washington was canceled on Thursday because one positive COVID-19 test prompted other players to be quarantined for contact tracing, leaving the Golden Bears without enough players.
On Friday, Utah’s scheduled home game against Arizona was canceled due to a “number of positive COVID-19 cases” within the Utes football program over the prior 24 hours.
In addition to UCLA at Colorado, three other Pac-12 openers are still scheduled for Saturday: Arizona State at No. 20 Southern California, Stanford at No. 12 Oregon and Washington State at Oregon State.
–Field Level Media