Another Division I football game fell by the wayside due to COVID-19 on Thursday evening. Out west, two California schools saw their upcoming contest canceled.
According to the Mountain West conference, Fresno State and San Jose State will not play Saturday. Participation was out of the question due to contract tracing.
The Mountain West released a statement regarding the decision.
“Due to COVID-19 contact tracing within the Fresno State football program, the Bulldogs are unable to participate in the scheduled game on Nov. 21 vs. San José State,”
Fresno State entered the week 3-1 on the season, fresh off a victory over Utah State where they defeated the Aggies 35-16. San Jose State meanwhile, was 4-0 through their first portion of the schedule after defeating UNLV 34-17.
The Mountain West originally returned on October 24th, the same weekend as the return of the Big Ten.
The conference, which put together an eight game schedule with the championship game being held on December 19th, kept it simple with their announcement last month.
“WE’RE BACK,” the Mountain West tweeted.
“Multiple subgroups within the Conference are working daily on solutions to the existing challenges in order to facilitate a return to play for Mountain West football, and other Conference sport programs, at the earliest possible opportunity,” Thompson’s statement read. “This includes finalizing a plan for frequent, rapid response testing and continuing to monitor the status of public health directives in our MW states and communities.”