USC received’t play Oregon on Saturday as scheduled, due to COVID-19 protocols inside Oregon’s program, leaving the Trojans with two postponed video games to pack into simply 5 remaining weeks of the common season.
That received’t be straightforward, particularly as USC, at present in second place within the Pac-12, enters a vital stretch of its schedule with an opportunity to climb into the convention lead. UCLA is simply 1½ video games forward of USC within the Pac-12, with a vital assembly between the crosstown rivals set for early subsequent month.
“This season has been so powerful with the cancellations and postponements, to have one other canceled, it was irritating,” USC coach Andy Enfield stated Saturday.
USC has already rescheduled one sport with Stanford, set for Feb. 2. It hoped to play one other this week in opposition to the Cardinal after a false optimistic check hours earlier than tipoff compelled a sudden postponement of their assembly final Thursday. Gives have been made to make up that sport this week, Enfield stated, however Stanford rebuffed them.
“We have been prepared to play as a result of we’re right here,” Enfield stated after USC’s victory in Berkeley on Saturday. “We thought Monday can be day. However that’s not my determination.”
There isn’t a lot flexibility remaining in USC’s convention slate. Any extra video games would probably imply packing three in a single week, apart from the ultimate week of the common season, which is open outdoors of a rivalry matchup with UCLA.
Oregon was compelled to cancel three video games, as its hoops program shuts down for the second time in three weeks. The Geese performed only one sport after restarting actions — a loss in opposition to Oregon State — earlier than being compelled to pause for a minimum of one other week.
USC was compelled into its personal shutdown final month, when a single optimistic check led this system to pause all actions. Two convention video games have been postponed, and one other two have been canceled outright, whereas USC went three weeks between video games.
The Trojans received’t have to attend that lengthy this time. They face Oregon State on Thursday, earlier than assembly Stanford of their preliminary make-up sport subsequent Tuesday.
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.