ASU game canceled for second time in a row due to COVID-19 cases among the team

Posted at 2:58 PM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 17:31:57-05

The Pac-12 has canceled another Arizona State football game after positive COVID-19 cases were reported on the team and head coach, Herm Edwards Friday.

The decision to cancel the game was announced Sunday after Sun Devils were set to play against Colorado Saturday, Nov. 21.

ASU's Vice President for Athletics, Ray Anderson, announced Friday Head Coach Herm Edwards, along with multiple student-players and other coaching staff tested positive for the virus.

The Pac-12 says the Colorado game was canceled "under the Pac-12's football game cancellation policy due to Arizona State not having the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game as a result of a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols."

Read the full statement from ASU's Vice President for Athletics, Ray Anderson below:

"We regrettably have to invoke the Pac-12's football game cancellation policy for this week's game at Colorado due to positive COVID-19 cases among student-athletes and staff. 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.

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.

We continue to take every precaution to safeguard the health and welfare of our student-athletes and staff, in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee's procedures. Those with positive test results and those in contact tracing protocols are in isolation and receiving the appropriate medical care.

We will continue to monitor our testing results and stay in close communication with our University, local public health officials and the Pac-12 Conference."