"They have battled through so much this year", Washington State University Head Football Coach Nick Rolovich said.
The conference said the game was called off because the Cougars don't have enough scholarship players available because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.
To play the Pac-12 requires teams to have 53 scholarship players available, including at least one quarterback, seven offensive linemen and four defensive linemen.
Chun said as of last weekend, the Cougars had zero players in their COVID protocols and the first positive test came early in the week.
The Apple Cup is in danger of not being played for the first time since 1945, when two games were held after a hiatus from the series in 1943 and 1944 during World World II. We have been in communication with the Pac-12 Conference and Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir throughout the week, hoping to be able to play the game as scheduled. "I recognize the pain they feel with his lost opportunity but this 2020 football team is a resilient group of young men". But arranging a game between Stanford and Colorado seems highly unlikely because the two teams played each other in Week 11.
Injuries have also been an issue for the Cougars. That list includes: edge Willie Taylor III, safeties Chad Davis Jr. and Tyrese Ross, cornerback Derrick Langford and linebacker Travion Brown. No other members of the basketball program were placed in the COVID-19 protocol.
Washington State will not travel to Stanford to play on Saturday night due to COVID-19 cases at Washington State. Colorado's game against Arizona State was canceled on Sunday because of ongoing coronavirus cases at ASU. The game is scheduled for 10:30pm ET and will be televised by ESPN.