Washington State's game at Stanford canceled due to COVID-19

Paola Ditto
Novembre 21, 2020

With his positive test coming late in the week, de Laura also is in question for next Friday's Apple Cup game against Washington.

De Laura's positive test was first reported Thursday by the Spokesman-Review.

The conference said Saturday night's game has been called off because the Cougars don't have enough scholarship players available because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.

WSU coach Nick Rolovich is in his first year with the program. But arranging a game between Stanford and Colorado seems highly unlikely because the two teams played each other in Week 11.

Washington State is unable to play Stanford on Saturday. Junior running back Max Borghi has been the most notable absence through two games, but WSU played without "Z" receiver Calvin Jackson Jr.in the most recent game and the Cougars have had to survive without a variety of other players on their depth chart early in the season - for injuries and other reasons.

The news comes a day after WSU announced that men's basketball coach Kyle Smith had tested positive for the coronavirus. The standard isolation period for positive cases is 10 days.

Washington State athletic director Pat Chun says the school has nine football players in COVID-19 protocols and four players had to be put into the protocol Friday morning leading to the cancellation of the game.

WSU-Stanford becomes the fifth Pac-12 game to be canceled or altered this season and the first one this week. Last week, California's game against Arizona State was canceled, as was UCLA's against Utah, but the Golden Bears and Bruins still managed to sneak in a crossover game at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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