UCLA unable to play in tonight’s Holiday Bowl due to COVID-19

By Kevin Kelley -

The UCLA Bruins are unable to play in tonight’s San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl due to COVID-19 protocols, the school announced just hours before kickoff on Tuesday.

UCLA was slated to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif.

“We are extremely grateful to the Holiday Bowl, students, fans, sponsors and the people of San Diego for their support this week,” UCLA Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond said. “We are deeply disappointed for our young men in the football program that worked extremely hard for this opportunity. My heart goes out to them. The health and safety of our students will always be our North Star.”

The Holiday Bowl is the seventh bowl game affected by COVID-19 this season. The Arizona Bowl, Military Bowl, Fenway Bowl, and EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl were all canceled.

Miami dropped out of the Sun Bowl and Boise State dropped out of the Arizona Bowl, leaving the Arizona Bowl canceled. As a result, Miami and Boise State’s opponents, Washington State and Central Michigan, will now meet in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.

Additionally, Texas A&M dropped out of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl slated for New Year’s Eve and was replaced by Rutgers.

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It’s not weird, they just didn’t want to lose.

They packed their locker room up at 10AM but did not say anything to the Bowl or NC State until about 2:30 PM.

It’s what low class people do.

It’s a west coast thing not to honor your commitments. All bowl games should be moved out of California because you never know what they will do at anytime. Texas A&M is the only one that handled this even close to correct even they should have played with Walk ons who would have given anything for a chance to play in the Gator Bowl no matter the outcome or score.