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ASU Football: Arizona State and Utah game canceled

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Another bites the dust

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 USC at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the third consecutive week, Arizona State football will not be taking the field. Once again due to COVID-19 protocols, the Sun Devils are unable to field a team against Utah and have canceled Sunday’s matchup.

Here is the official statement from Vice President of Athletics, Ray Anderson:

“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. 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.”

Arizona State’s next scheduled game is now December 5 at home against UCLA. Sun Devil men’s and women’s basketball return on Wednesday to help cure the need for Arizona State athletics.