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Arizona-Utah game canceled because of multiple COVID-19 cases within the Utes program — the 2nd Pac-12 game called off on the conference’s opening weekend

The season opener between Utah and Arizona on Saturday in Salt Lake City was canceled because of a rise in positive COVID-19 cases within the Utes program.

Utah athletic director Mark Harlan said a number of positive coronavirus tests Friday morning put Utah below the Pac-12′s minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship players under the conference’s game cancellation policy. The Pac-12 approved the request Friday.

“The cancellation of the our football game is a very difficult outcome to accept, but it absolutely is the right decision under the circumstances,” Harlan said in a statement. “While I am heartbroken for our student-athletes and everyone associated with Utah Athletics, as well as our great fans, our No.