Cal-USC football game postponed due to COVID issues

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The California Golden Bears were supposed to host Pac-12 opponent USC on Nov. 13.

The game scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to more Cal football student-athletes testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from Cal.

Multiple players from the Golden Bears tested positive and are unable to practice or play this week.

“It was a difficult decision to postpone this Saturday’s game against USC,” Cal Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said in a statement. “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.”

Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said it was not possible for them to field a team against the Trojans.

The game has been rescheduled for Dec. 4.

Cal quarterback Chase Garbers speaks out

On behalf of the student-athletes, Cal quarterback Chase Garbers posted a lengthy message on Twitter expressing his frustrations with the university’s health services.

Garbers said the university was inconsistent on its COVID-19 testing mandate.

He said the tests are not mandated but highly recommended.

However, Garbers added university officials forced the team to test with the threat of canceling games if the players refused.

“We have worked too hard to have someone take this all away from us, it is wrong,” Garbers wrote. “We deserve answers and transparent communication.”

Garbers retweeted this tweet from teammate Luc Bequette.

The Golden Bears’ next scheduled game will be at Stanford on Nov. 20.

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