A COVID-19 outbreak has forced the Arizona State football team to cancel this week’s game against California.
Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, the outbreak could lead to the team being forced to cancel multiple games while they attempt to contain the spread.
“We have had to invoke the Pac-12’s football game cancellation policy for this week’s game,” Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement. “The cancellation of a game is very difficult to accept for all of us, but it is the right decision under the circumstances. In every case we continue to consider the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes as our number one priority.
“I feel for our student-athletes and everyone associated with Sun Devil Athletics, as well as Sun Devil Nation. This also has an impact on the University of California football program and we extend our appreciation for their understanding of the situation.
Chris Karpman of 247Sports explained his thoughts on the issue.
“This is the type of outbreak that could keep ASU off the field for multiple weeks, I’m told,” Karpman said on Twitter. “The team had done quite well, all things considered, at avoiding a major outbreak throughout the summer and fall, but the first road trip effectively decimated the program’s health.”
ESPN’s Matt Barrie shared additional pessimism regarding the Sun Devils situation.
“The situation within the ASU football program is dire,” Barrie said. “The facility is closed. An entire side of the ball has it. 6-staff members are positive. And they’re just at the beginning of the outbreak. When asked to describe it I was told: ‘This is bad. Really, really bad.'”
Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards was among those who tested positive.