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The %-12’s restricted soccer season took every other hit on Friday.

The convention introduced that Saturday’s sport between Washington State and Stanford has been canceled as a result of Washington State is not going to have sufficient scholarship gamers to be had. 

The sport, at the start scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET in Stanford, California, might be declared a no contest by way of the convention.

In line with the observation from the %-12, “Because of numerous certain soccer student-athlete COVID-19 circumstances and ensuing isolation of extra soccer student-athletes underneath contract tracing protocols,” the league, in session with Washington State, made the verdict to cancel the sport.

Washington State does now not have sufficient scholarship gamers to be had for his or her scheduled sport at Stanford, forcing the %-12 to cancel Saturday’s contest. (Picture: James Snook, USA TODAY Sports activities)

“The cancellation of this sport could be very disappointing to our student-athletes and our enthusiasts,” the observation endured. “Whilst all folks wish to see our soccer student-athletes at the box competing, our primary precedence should proceed to be the well being and protection of all the ones attached to %-12 soccer systems.”

That is the second Pac-12 game scheduled for Saturday that has been canceled this week, following Arizona State at Colorado. Fifteen games across the FBS that had been scheduled for Saturday have now been canceled or postponed.

Mississippi State to play with fewer than 53 scholarship gamers

Mike Leach’s first season as Mississippi State’s head trainer has been a bumpy experience, and it hit its newest impediment Friday. 

After an extra spherical of COVID-19 trying out, his Bulldogs will play with fewer than the minimal of 53 scholarship gamers on Saturday at the street in opposition to No. 11 Georgia, consistent with a couple of reviews. 

Underneath Southeastern Convention laws, groups underneath the scholarship threshold don’t have to play however are allowed to, which seems to be the direction the Bulldogs are taking — they traveled to Athens, Georgia, on Friday. (Groups above 53 scholarship gamers to be had should play.) 

Mississippi State had its sport closing week in opposition to Auburn postponed to Dec. 12 as a result of COVID-19 problems within the Bulldogs’ program, that have spilled over in Week 12. Fifteen video games have both been postponed or canceled in back-to-back weeks.

The Bulldogs’ competition sport in opposition to Ole Omit, the Egg Bowl, is about for subsequent week. 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Video games canceled or postponed because of COVID-19

Pitt clarifies plan for face coverings vs. Virginia Tech 

Hours after pronouncing that its soccer workforce could be required to put on mask at the box all through Saturday’s sport in opposition to Virginia Tech, the Pittsburgh athletic division clarified its stance overdue Friday afternoon.

“Pitt soccer student-athletes might be geared up with face coverings all through the sport,” the athletic division mentioned in a observation. “Alternatively, they’ll now not be required to have the coverings pulled up whilst in the course of play to stop the impairment of respiring.”

Pitt had first of all mentioned that new pointers in Pennsylvania would steered its gamers to put on mask always Saturday — one thing that has now not but been finished on the best ranges of the game. The varsity mentioned the expectation was once “communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports activities medication workforce as neatly.”

Alternatively, a Pennsylvania Division of Well being spokesperson advised USA TODAY Sports activities on Friday that underneath state steerage, athletes are exempt from dressed in a masks throughout festival if it will create a scientific factor. Dressed in a masks over a mouthguard, for instance, may limit respiring and would fall underneath that exemption.

Miami trainer Manny Diaz certain for COVID-19

Manny Diaz has examined certain for coronavirus, the Miami Hurricanes head trainer introduced Friday. 

“I’m recently in isolation and feeling excellent general,” he wrote on Twitter. “I can proceed to paintings with our workforce just about as we get ready for our subsequent sport at Wake Woodland.” 

The No. nine Hurricanes’ matchup for this Saturday in opposition to Georgia Tech had already been postponed because of COVID-19-related problems inside the Miami program. They are going to be out of motion subsequent weekend too, however are scheduled to stand Wake Woodland on Dec. five. 

Diaz is the second one Energy five head trainer to expose a favorable take a look at within the closing two days: the Maryland Terrapins’ Michael Locksley, whose workforce may be experiencing a scourge and had two video games canceled, examined certain Monday. 

Different notable faculty soccer figures have examined certain: 

Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer certain for COVID

Volunteers athletic director and previous head trainer Phillip Fulmer, who led the workforce to the 1998 nationwide name with Peyton Manning, mentioned he has examined certain for COVID-19. He added that he has now not been in shut touch with any staffers or athletes and stays asymptomatic. 

Troy’s Chip Lindsey checks certain for coronavirus

Chip Lindsey, Troy Trojans head trainer, examined certain for COVID-19 throughout the workforce’s weekly PCR trying out on Wednesday, this system introduced Friday. He’s experiencing “delicate signs.” 

The workforce’s sport in opposition to Heart Tennessee on Saturday might be performed as scheduled, and Brian Blackman will function the Trojans’ intervening time trainer. 


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