Utah-UCLA game latest called off due to COVID-19
Saturday’s scheduled game between Utah and UCLA has been canceled because the Utes don’t have enough players due to COVID-19.
The Pac-12 announced the cancellation on Friday, making the game the 14th this week to be postponed or canceled. The conference said that between players who tested positive for the virus and those affected via contact tracing, the Utes fell below the required number of 53 scholarship players available.
“While all of us want to see our football student-athletes on the field competing, our number one priority must continue to be the health and safety of all those connected to Pac-12 football programs,” the conference said in a statement.
Under Pac-12 rules, the game will be declared a no-contest and will not be made up.
Utah announced it has 17 confirmed positive cases among players, coaches and staff — including a new positive on Friday — and another 11 members of the program are in quarantine due to contract tracing protocols.
“We went into this week knowing it was a day-to-day situation,” Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said. “We have been doing everything we can under the circumstances to prepare for the game and follow all guidelines and protocols. As is always the case, the health and safety of our student-athletes come first.”
The Utes’ season opener, scheduled for Nov. 7 against Arizona, also was canceled. Utah is slated to host Southern California on Nov. 21.
The Bruins (0-1) are scheduled to play at Oregon on Nov. 20.
Other games called off or postponed this week include No. 1 Alabama vs. LSU, No. 3 Ohio State vs. Maryland, and No. 5 Texas A&M vs. Tennessee.
–Field Level Media