BERKELEY– Cal football coach Justin Wilcox most likely was in no state of mind Thursday to blow out candle lights on his 44th birthday.

Most likely he was simply hoping the Bears’ possibilities of playing a football video game this weekend haven’t been extinguished.

There was no word from Cal on the status of its scheduled game at Arizona State on Saturday night. That doesn’t bode well, offered the team would have been loading to fly Friday to Phoenix, which seems on hold.

The Bears have actually lacked their defensive linemen for more than a week after among them checked favorable for COVID-19 and others in his position group were quarantined after contact tracing showed they were possibly exposed to the infection.

A representative for the City of Berkeley verified in an e-mail Thursday that its Tuesday night statement stands– Cal’s players in quarantine need to finish 2 week prior to being permitted to rejoin their group.

Cal, which had its opener at house versus Washington canceled last Saturday, may be trying to reschedule ASU for Sunday. Or possibly even Monday.

That is primarily speculation due to the fact that Cal is providing no updates till the matter is resolved. However without any open dates ahead on their original seven-game schedule that runs through Dec. 19, the Bears are no doubt going to go to great lengths to make this video game take place.

Making complex conversations between the two schools may be the fact that while Cal continued to practice with offered players, ASU canceled its Thursday exercises. No reason was given, causing widespread guesswork that consisted of issues the Sun Devils may also have a COVID-19 problem.

Meanwhile, Cal basketball coach Mark Fox revealed compassion for Wilcox and the football group in his remarks during the Pac-12’s virtual media day Thursday.

The Cal basketball group had its practices close down for 5 days, ending Nov. 1, when among its gamers checked favorable. “It wasn’t a lot of fun,” Fox said.

Fox stated he and Wilcox talk routinely on the phone.

” I’ve got excellent respect for coach Wilcox and their group and what they’re going through,” Fox stated. “All offseason he kept saying, ‘You’re going to play a game prior to I do.’

” So we made a lunch wager on it. I thought I was going to win till the last 10 days.”

It’s still quite unlikely Fox’s group will play initially, considered that the college basketball season doesn’t begin up until Nov. 25. The Bears’ football team has another scheduled game prior to that, on Nov. 21 at Oregon State.