Holiday Bowl dropped as virus problems hit UCLA ahead of kick-off

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Holiday Bowl became the fifth college football game of the playoffs to be called off when UCLA was forced to retire hours before kickoff on Tuesday due to COVID concerns- 19 with the team.

The Bruins were scheduled to face the No. 18 North Carolina state at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

An increase in COVID-19 cases across the country has disrupted a second consecutive bowl season.

The Hawaii, Military, Fenway and Arizona bowls have already been called off due to virus outbreaks leaving teams without enough players available. Bowls Sun and Gator had to scramble to find replacement teams for their games.

The state of North Carolina is the fifth team in the Atlantic Coast Conference to have their bowl disturbed by the virus.

Miami, Virginia and Boston College have all had to withdraw from their games. Wake Forest is slated to play in the Gator Bowl, but will face Rutgers instead of Texas A&M as originally planned.

NC State sporting director Boo Coorigan called it “an incredibly frustrating result for our players and staff who worked so hard to put themselves in position for a 10th win. The timing of the announcement nearby the kick-off was very disappointing “.

He said NC State had been in contact with many teams about playing a game, but did not specify when or where it might be.

NC State coaches Dave Doeren and UCLA’s Chip Kelly spoke Monday about tightening protocols to ensure their game is played. The cancellation must have stung the Wolfpack, whose goal was to finish with double-digit wins for just the second time.

“Prevention is the best medicine right now,” Doeren said. “Our guys have been through this. They know how to follow the protocols… to protect the mission. We’re here to try to win our 10th game. It happened at a time in the history of the school. Game.

The UCLA football team is the Bruins’ fourth program sidelined due to COVID-19 issues, joining both the basketball and gymnastics programs.

Petco Park had to be modified for a football field to accommodate it. The Holiday Bowl needed a new home after the 70,000-seat SDCCU stadium was demolished to make way for the new San Diego State Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Big Ten became the latest conference to refine its package policy, joining the other Power Five conferences, the Big East, and most of the rest. The Big Ten said matches will not automatically be lost if a team or teams cannot participate due to COVID-19. Instead, matches can be rescheduled, declared non-contest, or forfeited.

The Atlantic 10 has also revised its COVID-19 package policy. The A-10 medical advisory committee will meet on Wednesday to review the CDC’s latest policy reducing isolation days for asymptomatic vaccinated people from 10 to five days.

Several basketball games across the country have been affected.

Indiana called off their game against UNC Asheville on Wednesday. while the Temple-Villanova match scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed. San Diego postponed its home game against No.4 Gonzaga on Thursday night,

The Texas Women’s No.12 game on Wednesday night against Alcorn State has been called off.

Since the start of the season on November 9, approximately 150 Division I men’s basketball games and more than 130 DI women’s games have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. The majority of them arrived after mid-December, with a few already spanning the New Year.


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