BREAKING: Huskies Will Not Participate In Pac-12 Championship Game

Per the University of Washington Press Release…..

Pac-12 Statement on Washington at USC Pac-12 Football Championship Game
The Pac-12 has, after consultation with Washington, made the decision to replace Washington with Oregon as the Pac-12 North Division team to face South Division champion USC in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game scheduled for Friday, December 18.
This decision was made under the Pac-12’s football game cancellation policy and Football Championship Game policy due to Washington neither having the minimum 53 scholarship student-athletes available for the game nor the minimum number of scholarship student-athletes at a position group, in each case as a result of a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols.
Under Pac-12 Football  Championship Game policy, the team with the next best record in the North Division, Oregon, will represent the North Division against South Division Champion USC.

Statement from Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen
“I am crushed for our student-athletes, coaches and staff who have worked tirelessly to find a healthy way to compete this season. Husky student-athletes come to Washington to compete for championships, so this one really hurts for everyone involved — our students, our coaches and our community of loyal Husky fans and alumni. Our football program has battled through adversity all year during these challenging times, and I am so disappointed they won’t have the opportunity to play and represent the University of Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game Friday night. The health and well-being of our students has been, and will always be, our top priority. As we have done since the start of the pandemic, we have followed the guidance and direction from our medical professionals in making this decision. With our inability to practice, and the significant impact on a key position group, there is no medical path forward to play this week.  Our focus is on working with our medical team to get our team healthy again so our student-athletes can return to practice and to post-season competition.”
Statement from Head Football Team Physician Dr. Kim Harmon
“Since discovering a handful of cases within our program last week, we have taken pro-active steps, including immediately pausing all football-related activities in our program to try to mitigate the further spread of the virus. Unfortunately, we have continued to see positive cases over the course of the last several days which has continued our pause of activities and ability to return to the practice field. This increase in cases, combined with issues with a key position group, doesn’t allow for a path forward for us this week. We are continuing to aggressively test everyone within our football program and will need to have two consecutive days of negative tests before we can return to the practice field and prepare for post-season competition.” 
Statement from Head Football Coach Jimmy Lake
“Our goal every season is to win the Pac-12 Championship. I am so proud of the work our team and staff have put in to position ourselves to attain that goal. Unfortunately, the virus is in our footprint. We have not been able to resume football activities and currently the entirety of one of our key position groups, deemed a critical position group by the Pac-12, is in quarantine. There is no path forward to practice or play this week. Our focus now is getting everyone healthy so we can resume football activities and prepare for a possible bowl game. We are crushed that we cannot bring home the Pac-12 trophy for our fans, staff and players.”



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