Arizona State-Cal football canceled, Edwards tests positive

Arizona State’s home game against California has been canceled because of several positive COVID-19 tests among Arizona State’s players and coaching staff, including head coach Herm Edwards

Arizona State’s home game against California on Saturday has been canceled because of several positive COVID-19 tests among Arizona State’s players and coaching staff, including head coach Herm Edwards.

The Pac-12 said the game will be declared a no contest. It’s Arizona State’s first cancellation of the year. The Sun Devils lost to USC 28-27 last weekend.

The 66-year-old Edwards said in a statement that he and his family are fine and encouraged fans to take the virus seriously.

Cal still hasn’t played a game this season. The Golden Bears’ opener against Washington last weekend was also canceled because they couldn’t field a competitive team given the significant number of players affected by the process of contact tracing, coach Justin Wilcox said. The Golden Bears have just four games remaining on their schedule.

So far, 60 games between schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision have been canceled or postponed because of the pandemic since late August — and 13 this week.

The Ivy League also announced Thursday that it would become the first Division I conference this year to cancel all winter sports, including men’s and women’s basketball.

The news comes as the coronavirus cases are soaring across the U.S. Newly confirmed cases per day in the U.S. have rocketed more than 70% over the past two weeks, reaching an average of about 127,000 as of Thursday — the highest on record. And the number of people hospitalized with the virus hit an all-time high of more than 65,000.

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AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this story.

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