USC Game Cancelled, 3 Players Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus
Saturday's football game between the USC Trojans and the Colorado Buffaloes has been cancelled after a third USC player tested positive for the coronavirus.
USC announced earlier this week that two players had tested positive for COVID-19 and five others were in quarantine after being identified through contact tracing.
On Thanksgiving, the Pac-12 announced the cancellation of this weekend's game, which was planned for the Coliseum, "due to USC not having the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game at a specific position group.''
Per Pac-12 rules, a team must have at least 53 scholarship players available, including at least seven offensive linemen, one quarterback and four defensive linemen.
"We are disappointed for our players and fans ... but the health and safety of everyone in both programs is of the utmost priority,'' USC football coach Clay Helton said in a statement Thursday night. "Our players have worked hard since the summer not only to prepare for this season, but to do so in a safe manner by following all health protocols ... We will continue to test and monitor our players, coaches and staff and take guidance from health officials as we prepare for our remaining games.''
Colorado will instead play San Diego State on Saturday in Boulder, Colorado.
USC's game against Washington State, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, could also be in jeopardy.
The already shortened college football season has experienced several other cancelled games as of late, including Friday's match between Washington and Washington State, Sunday's planned game between Utah and Arizona State and a game between Arizona State and Fresno State.