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Arizona’s season opener cancelled due to COVID-19 case in NAU program

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 10 Northern Arizona at Arizona Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On a media call last Friday, Sean Miller noted how quickly things change during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s an example: The Arizona Wildcats learned Monday that their season-opener Wednesday vs. NAU has been cancelled due to a COVID-19 case within the Lumberjack program “as well as ensuing contact tracing and mitigation protocols,” according to a UA press release.

“Both programs will work together to determine if a date to reschedule the game this season is possible,” the release also said. “The news of this cancellation is very disappointing to student-athletes, coaches and fans. However, health and safety must remain our top priorities as we move forward this season.”

Arizona is now scheduled to open the season vs. Grambling State on Friday at 3 p.m. MST, though we’ll see if that game ever gets off the ground.

Several college basketball programs are on hold right now due to COVID-19 as cases surge across the country.