USC Game Canceled; San Diego State To Visit Boulder Saturday
BOULDER — The Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday afternoon that this Saturday's Colorado at Southern California football game has been cancelled due to COVID-19 issues within the Trojan program.
As a contingency, Colorado athletic director Rick George earlier this week coordinated with his counterpart at San Diego State, John David Wicker, for the Aztecs to visit Boulder in case the issues that had arisen with USC did not improve or worsened.
San Diego State will now travel to Boulder to play the Buffaloes in a 3:00 p.m. kickoff at Folsom Field; the game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
"It is unfortunate that our game at Southern California had to be canceled, but as we all continue to maintain, the most important concern we all have is the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff," George said. "After the Pac-12 CEO's created some requirements for possible non-conference opponents to fill any vacancies created by cancellations, we moved earlier this week to find a possible opponent to replace the Trojans. When San Diego State's game at Fresno State was canceled for similar reasons, I spoke with John and we put an agreement in place if USC could not play."
This will be the second meeting between Colorado (2-0) and San Diego State (3-2); CU won the only previous game in 2002 by a 34-14 score in Boulder. It will be CU's latest game against a non-conference opponent since Dec. 7, 1963, when the Buffaloes lost 17-14 at Air Force in a game delayed by JFK's assassination.
PAC-12 CONFERENCE STATEMENT
"After consultation with USC, the Pac-12 Conference announced the game involving Colorado at USC scheduled for Saturday, November 28 will not be played. This decision was made under the Pac-12's football policy due to USC not having the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game at a specific position group 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. Under Conference policy, the game will be declared a no contest.
"Not contesting this game is very disappointing to our student-athletes and our fans. While all of us want to see our football student-athletes on the field competing, our number one priority must continue to be the health and safety of all those connected to Pac-12 football programs."