Utah at Arizona State football game canceled due to COVID-19

By Kevin Kelley -

The Utah Utes at Arizona State Sun Devils football game has been canceled due to COVID-19, it was announced on Tuesday.

The two schools were scheduled to meet at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday, Nov. 29. The game will not be played due to COVID-19 issues at Arizona State and will be ruled a no contest.

“We have had to invoke the Pac-12’s football game cancellation policy for this week’s game versus Utah due to not having the minimum number of scholarship players available on account of return-to-play protocols involving CDC-prescribed quarantines by virtue of contact tracing and cardiac testing evaluation results,” Arizona State Vice President for Athletics Ray Anderson said. “The timing of the previously reported positive results coupled with the return-to-play guidelines have stretched over parts of three weeks, which makes it unsafe for several of our players to compete this Sunday.

“I sympathize 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 Utah football program and we extend our appreciation for their understanding of the situation.

“We are continuing to take every precaution to safeguard the health and welfare of our student-athletes and staff, in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee’s procedures. The student-athletes are receiving the appropriate medical care.

“We will continue to monitor our testing results and stay in close communication with our University, local public health officials and the Pac-12 Conference.

“Notwithstanding any new issues we are confident in our chances of playing football next week.”

This is the second consecutive game canceled for Arizona State. The Sun Devils are next scheduled to play on Saturday, Dec. 5 at home against UCLA.

Utah has now had three games canceled this season. The Utes are slated to return to action on Saturday, Dec. 5 at home against Oregon State.

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