College football has been reeling the past few weeks as COVID-19 continues to look like the runaway spoiler of the 2020 season. This weekend a matchup between Arizona State and Cal was up in the air due to a number of the Golden Bears players testing positive for the virus and having to cancel their first game of the season, last week.
Just as Cal was thinking they may have enough players return negative tests to actually compete this Saturday, it was Arizona State that was forced to cancel after what appears to be a full-on outbreak among the team. Some reports out of Tempe have estimated that 20 or more Sun Devil players and coaches have tested positive so far.
Among those who tested positive for the virus at ASU is 66-year-old head coach Herm Edwards, who released a statement through the school: “As I’ve stated many times over, the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes is absolutely paramount and we will not put them at risk. Our team has worked extremely hard to get to this point, and even played a game last weekend. We will continue to care for our student-athletes and follow all protocols very thoroughly as we prepare for our next game. Our team and coaching staff are disappointed, but we do understand what we are dealing with.”
The game was the 15th this week to either be postponed or canceled and brings the total to 60 games this season that have been canceled or postponed in the Football Bowl Subdivision due to the virus.
Arizona State was coming off a heartbreaking 28-27 loss to USC last weekend, while the Golden Bears have yet to play a game and actually, as of now, only have four games remaining on their schedule.
As the season attempts to march on, it’s looking more and more like college football may be in need of a literal “Hail Mary” here soon if they hope to save the season.