Updated 3x: Cal–USC Football game has been rescheduled for Dec. 4th due to "more positive cases" among the Bears
More Cal student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Official Cal Athletics Statement on the Matter:
BERKELEY – The Pac-12 football game scheduled between Cal and USC for this Saturday has been postponed due to additional Cal football student-athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 and are unavailable to practice this week or play in the contest. Cal has contacted the Pac-12 about rescheduling the game later this season.
"It was a difficult decision to postpone this Saturday's game against USC," Cal Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. "We know how important every one of our games is to our student-athletes, especially our seniors who have been incredible representatives of the program, but it was the right thing to do. Due to additional impact on specific position groups, we have decided to postpone Saturday's game. We have had multiple COVID-19 positives within our program, and we are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread and protect the greater community."
"Our heart goes out to all of the people who enjoy our games in so many ways and especially the players who only get so many chances to go out and play them," Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox said. "Postponing this game was a last resort and not an action any of us wanted to take, however it was not possible for us to field a team on Saturday."
Those who have purchased tickets for this Saturday's game will receive direct communication from Cal Athletics.
Cal's next scheduled contest is the 124th Big Game at Stanford on Sat., Nov. 20 (4 pm PST, Pac-12 Network), while USC hosts UCLA the same day.
Double confirmation by Cal Rivals’ Trace Travers
More will be added as the news develops.
Trace also noted that there is a chance this game is rescheduled. Not sure.
Update: Kyle Bonagura of ESPN is reporting that the team now has “more positive cases” after the initial batch that led to isolating players in the lead up to the Arizona game.
Update: Cal Athletics is stating that they will ask the Pac-12 for a rescheduling. Pac-12 rules allow for a outbreak interrupted game to be rescheduled.
Per ESPN’s Pac-12 Covid rules article for the 2021 season:
"The Pac-12 rule provides the Commissioner with discretion to determine whether an institution is at fault or primarily at fault for an instability to play a contest based on the facts of the situation."
Update: SF Gate’s Sports editor stated that both City of Berkeley’s Dept. of Public Health as well as Cal Athletics have not responded to any press inquiries.