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Arizona-UTEP cancelled due to coronavirus concerns; Colorado game could be in jeopardy too

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The Arizona Wildcats should cherish every minute they play this season because, as they’ve quickly learned, games are not guaranteed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The UA announced Friday, just hours after it beat Grambling State in its season opener, that Sunday’s game vs. UTEP has been cancelled due to a confirmed COVID-19 case within the Miners’ program “as well as ensuing contact tracing and mitigation protocols.”

Arizona said it will work to replace the game, which is already the second the Wildcats have had to cancel in this young season.

Their originally scheduled season opener vs. NAU on Nov. 25 was called off because of a COVID-19 case within the Lumberjacks program.

“This news is very disappointing to the student-athletes, coaches and fans,” the UA said in a release Friday. “However, health and safety must remain our top priorities as we move forward this season.”

As it stands now, Arizona’s next game is Wednesday, Dec. 2 at home against Colorado in their Pac-12 opener. That contest could be in jeopardy too as the Buffaloes just had three players enter a 14-day quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 case and contact tracing.