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Husky, Arizona tried to save the lost weekend in Game on the Fly

Husky, Arizona tried to save the lost weekend in Game on the Fly

According to Jimmy Lake, the University of Washington and Arizona will hold a contest between them at Husky Stadium on Saturday after canceling a road football game because their opponents tested positive for COVID-19 late last week. did.

However, the logistics of setting up all of the newly deployed Pac-12 games in 24 hours does not allow that.

“We were talking together to slap something,” Lake said. “Both sides wanted to do that.”

According to Husky’s coach, the schools could have played each other if the cancellations of the two games were known at the beginning of the week.

Obstacles included transporting visiting teams to the host city, finding a last-minute hotel for over 100 people, preparing multiple meals for the team, and moving the equipment truck in the right direction. It was.

“Our truck had to turn around on its way to Berkeley on Wednesday,” Lake said.

Washington and Arizona will play at Husky Stadium on November 21st.

The coach learned that the UW-Cal match had been canceled shortly after talking to the media for nearly 30 minutes on a zoom call following last Thursday morning practice. He expressed great optimism that the contest would be held.

Lake soon noticed a missed call from athletic director Jennifer Cohen and had to talk to her, reorganize the team and give the bad news.

In California, a player who was probably a defensive lineman tested positive, requiring the entire position group to enter quarantine, forcing the school to withdraw from the match against Washington.

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The Golden Bears are also at risk of losing their second match against Arizona due to ongoing quarantine.

Utah, Arizona’s first opponent, also lost a significant number of players in the positive test and the resulting quarantine and had to stop hosting Saturday’s match against Wildcats in Salt Lake City. did not.

Lake warned that pandemic-related cancellations could easily reoccur with another opponent. He reminds us every day of the protocols that players need to follow.

“The only thing we can control is to prevent the virus from invading our buildings,” he said.

In the meantime, UW and everyone around the league are ready to improvise a schedule in case the virus interrupts the game again.

“If we know today, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, the game will be canceled, which makes it much easier to change or transition,” Lake said.

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