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Arizona football’s finale at Cal canceled due to shortage of scholarship players

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The 2020 season is officially (and mercifully) over

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Turns out the Arizona Wildcats won’t get one last chance to either end, or extend, their program-record losing streak.

The Pac-12 announced Sunday night that the Dec. 19 matchup between Arizona and the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif., which had just been scheduled earlier that day, has been cancelled. Per the conference, both teams don’t have the minimum number of scholarship players available for the matchup.

Arizona (0-5) has been massively shorthanded for its past two games, home losses to Colorado and ASU, while Cal (1-3) had its last game at Washington State canceled two hours before kickoff because a player on the team bus tested positive for COVID-19.

The cancellation means defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, named interim coach after Arizona fired head coach Kevin Sumlin on Saturday, won’t get an opportunity to run the team. It’s unknown if Rhoads, who signed a two-year contract last December, will remain with the program after it hires a new head coach.

Arizona will now carry over its 12-game losing streak into 2021, where it is scheduled to open play on Labor Day weekend against BYU in Las Vegas.