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Utah’s Friday Night Matchup Against UCLA Moved To Saturday Evening

Nov 8, 2020, 4:45 PM
Brant Kuithe - Utah Utes vs. UCLA Bruins...
Utah Utes tight end Brant Kuithe (80) celebrates after a catch and run as Utah and UCLA play a college football game in Salt Lake City at Rice Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah football’s Friday night road game against the UCLA Bruins has been moved to Saturday evening.

Utah announced the move on Sunday afternoon. The game will still kickoff at 8:30 p.m. MT but the television broadcast will move from FS1 to FOX.

“We greatly appreciate the understanding and flexibility of UCLA, the Pac-12 and our conference television rights holders to consider the challenges we have been working through over the past several days with regard to our recent increases in positive COVID-19 cases within our football program,” said Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan. “After two consecutive days of no positive COVID-19 test results we are encouraged that we can resume practice on Monday in preparation for this week’s game at UCLA. We continue to rigorously reinforce all health and safety protocols related to the virus throughout our department.”

The Utes had their season-opening home game against Arizona canceled due to multiple COVID-19 cases on the football team. The game was declared a no contest by the Pac-12 after Utah’s program fell below the threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes.

“While we are encouraged by all indicators today that our football program may proceed with preparations for this week’s game, we also recognize the challenges presented by the virus and that our status could change as we continue our daily testing program,” Harlan continued. “We will continue to be guided by our medical professionals in all of our decisions and prioritize the well-being and safety of our student-athletes, as I have said from the beginning of the pandemic. Again, I want to express my gratitude to UCLA and to the Pac-12 Conference for their understanding and partnership.”

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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