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Holiday Bowl canceled due to Covid concerns at UCLA

The UCLA football team withdrew from the Holiday Bowl in San Diego due to concerns over Covid, leading the bowl organizers to cancel the game after they couldn’t find a replacement team.

The Bruins, who finished the season with an 8-4 record, announced a few hours before kickoff that they would not be able to play the game based on the team’s Covid protocols. Their opponent, North Carolina State, expressed frustration at the late cancellation, according to ESPN.

“We are deeply disappointed for our young men in the football program that worked extremely hard for this opportunity,” UCLA Athletic Director Martin Jarmond said. “My heart goes out to them. The health and safety of our students will always be our North Star.”

The bowl game, officially dubbed the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, has been played annually in San Diego since 1978.

–Carolyn Jones