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Pac-12 cancels ASU vs. Colorado due to Sun Devils’ COVID-19 outbreak

Head coach Herm Edwards of the Arizona State Sun Devils looks on during the first half of a game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Pac-12 Conference announced Sunday it has canceled Arizona State football’s upcoming game scheduled for Nov. 21 against the Colorado due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Pac-12 said in a statement that ASU would not be able to have the minimum number of scholarship players available due to the outbreak.

The cancellation follows the Sun Devils’ second game of the season against Cal being called off on Saturday. SunDevilSource.com’s Chris Karpman estimated a total of around 20 or more players and coaches have tested positive so far, as of Friday.

“The cancellation of another game is very difficult to accept for all of us, but it continues to be the right decision under the circumstances. The health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes is our number one priority and will continue to be at the forefront of every decision,”  ASU vice president for athletics Ray Anderson said in a statement.

“As we announced Friday for our contest against Cal, the number of positive cases in the last few days has put our team below the Pac-12’s minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes under the league’s game cancellation policy. Unfortunately, we are in the same situation for this week’s scheduled game with CU. We have consulted with the Conference and Colorado officials and have decided to make this prompt announcement so alternative scheduling options can be considered in the overall interests of the Conference and our peer student-athletes and coaches.”

That outbreak included head coach Herm Edwards testing positive, along with several other players and staff members.

The game will be declared a no-contest, per the Pac-12’s policy.

The Sun Devils’ next scheduled game is on Nov. 28 against Utah.


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