The season opener scheduled for Saturday between Utah and Arizona in Salt Lake Metropolis was canceled following a request from the Utes resulting from what the Pac-12 mentioned have been a variety of COVID-19 circumstances amongst Utah gamers.
The cancellation introduced Friday is the second in two days for the Pac-12, which is simply getting ready to kick off a seven-game soccer season after watching whereas different conferences started enjoying in current weeks. The sport between Washington and California was canceled Thursday.
The league mentioned Utah doesn’t have the required minimal variety of scholarship gamers obtainable for the sport on account of optimistic exams and the necessity for different gamers to isolate below contact tracing protocols. The Pac-12 didn’t specify what number of gamers had examined optimistic.
“The cancellation of this recreation, following yesterday’s cancellation of the Washington at Cal soccer recreation, is in fact extremely disappointing to our student-athletes and our followers,” the Pac-12 mentioned in an announcement. “On the identical time it is a sign that our well being and security protocols are working in figuring out optimistic circumstances and phone tracing circumstances.
“Whereas all of us wish to see our soccer student-athletes on the sphere competing, our primary precedence should proceed to be the well being and security of all these related to Pac-12 soccer packages.”
In all, 10 Bowl Subdivision video games this week have been both canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the overall to 47 since Aug. 26.
Two Convention USA video games scheduled for this weekend, Charlotte’s recreation at Center Tennessee and UTSA’s go to to Rice, have been postponed earlier Friday resulting from optimistic exams and phone tracing protocols.
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