The UCLA Bruins found a replacement opponent for their canceled game with Utah quickly, as the Pac-12 announced on Friday that they’ve scheduled a meeting between the California Golden Bears and the Bruins for Sunday, November 15 at 9:00 am PT.
“The Pac-12 announced today that Cal will now play at UCLA on Sunday, November 15 at 9:00 am PT. The scheduling of this game is consistent with the Conference’s commitment to provide opportunities for student-athletes through maximum scheduling flexibility while still prioritizing health and safety. The announcement follows the cancellation of each of the Cal at Arizona State game and the Utah at UCLA game earlier today. The Cal at UCLA game will air on Fox Sports 1.
In light of the Sunday scheduling of this game, the Conference has rescheduled the UCLA at Oregon game currently scheduled to take place on Friday evening, November 20 to Saturday, November 21, with the exact game time to be announced as soon as confirmed. The game will air on the ESPN family of networks.”
That’s an early kick but shows the altogether fragile idea of playing football through a global pandemic with COVID-19 cases spiking in what feels like the entire country.
UCLA Athletic Director Martin Jarmond had this to say about the newly-scheduled game:
“First and foremost, I want to commend our football student-athletes on their flexibility and focus in the midst of a lot of uncertainty. I’d also like to thank Jim Knowlton, Justin Wilcox and the Cal football program, as well as the Pac-12 Conference leadership, for working diligently with us to find a way to compete this weekend. It’s an unconventional solution in an unconventional year and we’re excited to host the Bears at the Rose Bowl on Sunday.”
Let’s the games begin!