BERKELEY (CBS SF) – The Cal football program has postponed this weekend’s game between the Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Memorial Stadium due to multiple cases of COVID-19.
“Postponing this game was a last resort and neither of us wanted to take it, but it was not possible for us to field a team on Saturday,” said head coach Justin Wilcox.
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Jim Knowlton, the university’s athletic director, said: “We know how important each of our games is to our student-athletes, especially our seniors who have been amazing representatives of the program, but it was the right thing to do. “
“We have had several positives for COVID-19 in our program, and we are taking all possible measures to mitigate the spread and protect the community as a whole,” Knowlton continued.
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Last week, several players entered COVID-19 protocols and were unable to play against Arizona last week. The team previously said that everyone in the soccer program is compliant with the college’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements, and more than 99% of the team is fully vaccinated.
In an updated statement Tuesday afternoon, the university said the game had been postponed to December 4. Kick-off time has not been announced.
“Cal has contacted USC about the rescheduling of the game and the two schools have come to an agreement on the new date. The Pac-12 approved the decision to reschedule the game, ”the team said.
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The Golden Bears are next set to play at Stanford in the 124e edition of the Grand Jeu on November 20.