Washington State’s upcoming sport at USC has been pushed again two days with a purpose to give Trojan gamers extra time to come back out of isolation or quarantine after coming into COVID-19 protocol throughout the final two weeks.
The Cougars (1-1) and Trojans (3-0) will play Sunday at 6 p.m. at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on FS1, the Pac-12 Convention introduced. Initially, the groups have been imagined to kickoff at 6 p.m. Friday on FS1.
In response to a information launch from WSU, “The sport was moved to permit for the return of USC gamers who’re in isolation as a consequence of COVID-19 constructive assessments or in quarantine on account of contact tracing.”
Each WSU and USC have encountered COVID-19 points throughout the final month, however the Trojans’ outbreak was more moderen and the schedule change signifies Clay Helton’s group both wouldn’t have been in a position to meet the Pac-12’s 53-man threshold, or the place necessities that mandate groups will need to have no less than one scholarship quarterback, seven offensive linemen and 7 defensive linemen out there.
One USC participant who traveled to the group’s final sport at Utah examined constructive for COVID-19 and two different Trojans did so later within the week. One other group of USC gamers who got here in shut contact with anyone who examined constructive have been additionally positioned in a 14-day quarantine.
WSU coach Nick Rolovich expressed confidence the Cougars could be within the clear to play USC throughout his newest media availability. With as many as 9 gamers in COVID-19 protocol, WSU needed to cancel video games towards Stanford (Nov. 21) and Washington (Nov. 27) and the Cougars can have gone 22 days and not using a sport after they arrive on the Coliseum Sunday. All 9 gamers quarantining or isolating needs to be out there for WSU, although it’s unclear if any extra athletes have entered the COVID-19 protocol since athletic director Pat Chun supplied his most up-to-date replace early final week.
Regardless of a change to the date of the sport, the Cougars and Trojans will nonetheless have to stick to the common game-week testing procedures — and possibly with out a lot margin for error — earlier than being cleared to play Sunday in Los Angeles.
It’ll mark simply the second time this season a Pac-12 can be held on Sunday, however the first time one can be held within the night. UCLA and California have been left with out an opponent when Utah and Arizona State encountered COVID-19 obstacles early within the season, and wound up taking part in at 9 a.m. on Nov. 15 on the Rose Bowl.