USC-Cal football game postponed due to team’s Covid cases – Deadline
Two struggling teams will have a week off after Cal announced today that ‘additional’ players ‘have tested positive for Covid-19 and are not available to practice this week or compete in the contest’.
The Golden Bears (3-6) were scheduled to face USC (4-5) on Saturday. Even with those records, USC-Cal would have been a draw for the teams’ loyal fans.
Cal was missing about two dozen players due to Covid when he played against Arizona last week, according to ESPN. There were reportedly additional cases identified after that game.
Unlike the Covid-riddled 2020 season in which no Pac-12 team played more than six games, cancellations this year have been rare. But with the onset of winter, infection rates are rising in many parts of the United States, and California is one of them.
Other major sports leagues have also faced Covid cases this season, but canceled games have not become a trend so far. The Green Bay Packers played last weekend after Aaron Rodgers tested positive and had to skip the game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost four players, including world center Joel Embiid, but the team continues to play and win.
The Pac-12 said in August that “any game lost will be considered a conference loss for the forfeiting team and a conference win for its opponent.” according to IF.
But, there is a caveat: “The Pac-12 rule gives the commissioner the discretion to determine whether an institution is at fault or primarily at fault for an instability of playing a contest based on the facts of the situation.”
According to A declaration posted by Cal later in the day, “Cal has contacted USC regarding the rescheduling of the game and the two schools have agreed to the new date. The Pac-12 has approved the decision to reschedule the game. The kickoff time and TV broadcast network will be announced at a later date.
The two teams have rivalry matches next week, as ‘SC takes on UCLA and Cal hopes to take the field against Stanford.
Game update for Cal Football vs USC this Saturday.
— Cal Athletics (@CalAthletics) November 9, 2021