The Apple Cup is canceled.
Two days after Washington State introduced it couldn’t meet the 53-player scholarship threshold to take part in Saturday’s recreation at Stanford, subsequent Friday’s rivalry recreation towards Washington has additionally been known as off.
“This determination was made beneath the Pac-12’s soccer coverage on account of Washington State not having the minimal variety of scholarship gamers out there for the sport on account of quite a few constructive soccer student-athlete COVID-19 instances and ensuing isolation of extra soccer student-athletes beneath contact tracing protocols,” a Pac-12 assertion learn. “Under Conference policy, the game will be declared a no contest.”
It’s doable the sport could possibly be made up on Dec. 19, however that may require Washington to not qualify for the Pac-12 Championship recreation the day earlier than. The edges may additionally meet if additional cancellations create a simultaneous opening of their schedules.
“That is so disappointing for our gamers, coaches and employees, in addition to Husky Nation as we had been all wanting ahead to the Boeing Apple Cup this week,” UW athletics director Jen Cohen stated in a press release. “This is without doubt one of the greatest rivalries in school sports activities and yearly we circle this recreation firstly of the season. We’ll work with (the) Pac-12 to prioritize this recreation and look into any alternatives to play it ought to there be an open date for each faculties down the street.
“We additionally perceive that the Pac-12, together with native and state officers, developed insurance policies that positioned the well being and security of scholars, coaches and employees as the highest precedence. We need to present a chance for our soccer program to compete this weekend and are working to seek out one other opponent.”
WSU athletics director Pat Chun informed native media Friday that 9 Cougar gamers are at the moment in this system’s COVID-19 protocol — which may point out a constructive case or contact tracing. He added that 4 gamers had been positioned within the protocol following Friday morning’s testing and nil gamers had been within the protocol when Washington State met Oregon eight days in the past.
One WSU participant who examined constructive final week, based on The Spokesman-Evaluation, was true freshman beginning quarterback Jayden de Laura. The 6-0, 195-pounder from Honolulu threw for 548 yards with 4 touchdowns and one interception in his first two collegiate begins.
Chun didn’t disclose final week what number of of WSU’s gamers in COVID-19 protocol had examined constructive and what number of had been there through contact tracing, per college coverage.
The Pac-12 requires every program to have 53 scholarship gamers out there — together with one quarterback, seven offensive linemen and 4 defensive linemen. In fact, UW already had its season opener at California canceled when the Bears couldn’t attain the minimal threshold on account of one constructive COVID-19 case and subsequent contact tracing.
The Spokesman-Evaluation additionally reported that WSU’s tips for COVID-19 embrace a 10-day isolation interval for anybody who exams constructive and a 14-day quarantine for potential contacts of constructive instances. Based mostly on that timetable, all 9 Cougars at the moment within the COVID-19 protocol ought to be out there for his or her subsequent recreation at USC on Dec. 4.
Although WSU was in a position to play every of its first two video games, Rolovich informed reporters following a season-opening street win over Oregon State that 32 gamers had been unavailable for unspecified causes.
The Apple Cup has been performed yearly since 1944, when Washington State didn’t discipline a crew due to World Warfare II. UW has received seven consecutive Apple Cups and leads the all-time sequence, 74-32-6.
“The Boeing Apple Cup is without doubt one of the most sacred rivalries in all of sports activities and one of the vital significant days of the yr for all Washingtonians,” WSU athletics director Pat Chun stated in a press release. “It’s gut-wrenching and disappointing for our student-athletes and coaches in addition to these at UW.
“As we work by way of the rest of our schedule, we are going to proceed to speak with the Pac-12 Convention and UW if any state of affairs would emerge that may permit us to reschedule the sport at a later level within the season.”
The Huskies, as Cohen acknowledged, will now try to schedule a make-up recreation on brief discover. That might come towards Pac-12 opponent Utah, whose recreation at Arizona State subsequent Sunday stays in jeopardy due to the Solar Devils’ COVID-19 points.
One other doable opponent is No. eight BYU, a 9-Zero unbiased that doesn’t have one other recreation scheduled till Dec. 12. There was contact between the 2 packages regarding the potential for a recreation, a supply confirmed to The Occasions on Sunday. However the Cougars may want to attend for the discharge of the preliminary Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings on Tuesday to find out whether or not a recreation with Washington could be worth it.
And, after all, a loss to UW would additionally puncture BYU’s bid for a New 12 months’s Six bowl. UW simply wrapped up a home-and-home sequence with the (different) Cougars, successful each video games by a mixed rating of 80-26.
A number of different packages, similar to Military and San Diego State, even have openings subsequent weekend and will function impromptu opponents. However there are obstacles as nicely. For any non-conference recreation to happen, the Pac-12 acknowledged it should meet the next standards:
- All Pac-12 testing and associated protocols are adhered to by the non-conference opponent
- The non-conference recreation is a house recreation for the Pac-12 crew, and broadcast by a Pac-12 tv companion
- If a Pac-12 opponent turns into out there by Thursday in that given week, the convention recreation is performed in lieu of any non-conference recreation
At 2-0, and one spot out of the Related Press top-25 rankings, UW is determined to not waste one other weekend.
And logistically, UW head coach Jimmy Lake stated final week he’d want a make-up recreation be scheduled by Wednesday for a Saturday kick.
“For me, I would definitely want (the opponent) to be a Pac-12 opponent first if there was a cancellation for our game and another Pac-12 cancellation,” Lake stated.
“But let’s say this week, if for whatever reason our game is not happening and everybody else in the Pac-12 is booked up, then I think it’s good. We’ve practiced and prepared so much that we want to be able to play a game and get that game in the books. It will be difficult to try to travel or try to get a team here, but we’ll work through those issues. And at the end of the day, let’s let these young men get out there and play.”
They received’t be taking part in in Pullman.
At the least, not this week.