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UCLA Opener Vs. Utah Canceled After Isolation, Contact Tracing Leaves Utes With Too Few Players

PASADENA (CBSLA) - UCLA's home opener against Utah has been canceled, officials announced Friday.

The Bruins were scheduled to take on the 2019 Pac-12 South champs in the 2020 home opener at Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl in a Pac-12 Conference matchup on Saturday.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 3: Close up view of the new satin red football helmets worn by the Utah Utes during their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Credit: Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

But Utah officials revealed a combination of the team's 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a resulting isolation of additional student-athletes due to contact tracing would mean the team would not have enough players available for the game.

The decision was made Friday and announced by the Pac-12 after Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan and UCLA Athletics Director Martin Jarmond communicated "throughout the week about the football program's status".

The Pac-12 is looking into the possibility of Cal playing UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, according to ESPN.

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