Washington-Washington State game canceled
The Apple Cup rivalry game between Washington and Washington State, set for Friday, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns in the Cougars’ program.
Washington State couldn’t play last Saturday’s game at Stanford because it did not have the minimum number of scholarship players available under Pac-12 regulations due to positive tests and contract-tracing isolation.
On Sunday, the Pac-12 cited the same reason for calling off Friday’s home game in Pullman for Washington State.
“As we work through the remainder of our schedule, we will continue to communicate with the Pac-12 Conference and UW if any scenario would emerge that would allow us to reschedule the game at a later point in the season,” WSU athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement.
The game could be played Dec. 19, if neither team qualifies for the Pac-12 title game a day earlier. Other cancellations before then could create mutual openings on the same weekend.
Washington (2-0, 2-0 Pac-12) is coming off Saturday’s 44-27 win over visiting Arizona. Washington State (1-1, 1-1) last played Nov. 14, a loss to Oregon.
“This is so disappointing for our players, coaches and staff, as well as Husky Nation as we were all looking forward to the Boeing Apple Cup this week,” Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement.
“This is one of the best rivalries in college sports and every year we circle this game at the start of the season. We will work with (the) Pac-12 to prioritize this game and look into any opportunities to play it should there be an open date for both schools down the road.”
The Pac-12 last week changed its policy, allowing its teams to play nonconference games in case of cancellations. Washington has contacted No. 8 BYU about playing this week, but the Cougars have not been receptive to the offer, according to ESPN.
The Apple Cup has been played in every year dating to 1945, following a two-hiatus when Washington State didn’t field a team due to World War II.
–Field Level Media