The Pac-12 has canceled Sunday’s game between ASU and Utah, the conference announced in a statement Tuesday.
The game will be declared a no contest, according to conference policy.
ASU had hoped to be on the practice field late this week in preparation for the game, which had been moved from Saturday to Sunday to allow ASU another day of preparation.
The game was scheduled to be played in Tempe.
Ray Anderson, ASU’s Vice President for Athletics said in a statement, however, that the team had to invoke the Pac-12’s cancellation policy because the team didn’t have the minimum number of scholarship players available for the contest because of COVID-19 return-to-play protocols.
“I sympathize for our student-athletes and everyone associated with Sun Devil Athletics, as well as Sun Devil Nation,” the statement said. “This also has an impact on the University of Utah football program and we extend our appreciation for their understanding of the situation.
“We are continuing to take every precaution to safeguard the health and welfare of our student-athletes and staff, in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee’s procedures. The student-athletes are receiving the appropriate medical care.”
The Sun Devils haven’t played since a 28-27 loss to USC in their season opener on Nov. 7.
ASU’s game against California on Nov. 14 was canceled. So was its contest against Colorado on Nov. 21.
ASU is scheduled to host UCLA on Dec. 5 and then conclude its regular season at Arizona on Dec. 11.
The ASU-Utah cancellation is the eighth Pac-12 football game that has been canceled this season, including the game Saturday between rivals Washington and Washington State.
Coach Herm Edwards was among the ASU players and coaches who tested positive.
He issued the following statement Monday:
“I would like to thank everyone from Sun Devil Nation, my colleagues from college and professional football, the media industry and my family and friends who have reached out since I announced I contracted Covid-19. Those messages meant a lot to me and helped me and my family get through this difficult time. I am forever grateful.
“I am feeling much better and I plan to be back on the practice field soon, preparing for our next contest. Until then, stay healthy, wear a mask, practice physical distancing and as always, Forks Up!”