Cal Chancellor announced the cancellation of all of the school’s athletic contests through the upcoming weekend due to Tuesday’s national tragedy.
“I am shocked and greatly saddened by the tragic events today in New York and Washington, D.C.,” Berdahl said. “There may be no day in our recent history in which this nation has felt a greater loss. At this moment, we must come together to provide each other with comfort and caring support.”
Affected Cal teams are football, women’s volleyball, cross country, men’s water polo and men’s and women’s soccer.
The Bears’ football team was scheduled to board a charter flight from Oakland Airport Thursday morning, bound for Newark, N.J., in preparation for Saturday night’s game against Rutgers. Cal Athletic Director Steve Gladstone said the school intends to re-schedule the game if at all possible, but the schools do not share an open date before each team ends its season on Nov. 17.
Cal head coach Tom Holmoe had a voluntary practice on Tuesday, with regular practice resuming Wednesday.
“I think that for us to go out and practice today would be a little too much,” Holmoe said Tuesday. “The kids are a little sensitive. Some of the kids are sensitive to this issue and are scared and nervous and in their lifetime, in my lifetime, in all of your lifetimes, we’ve never seen this. So to go about business as usual today is not appropriate, I don’t believe.”
Holmoe also said he had talked to many of his players about the situation.
“A lot of the players have come by, all day long, all morning long,” he said. “Players have been in the office and we’ve have had the news on and we’ve followed the reports closely. Players are talking about it like everyone else.”
Besides football, other Cal sports affected by these cancellations are: women’s volleyball, which was slated to host Arizona State Friday and Arizona Saturday at Haas Pavilion on campus, cross country, which was to compete in the Fresno Invitational Saturday, men’s water polo, scheduled to play at the Southern California Tournament in Los Angeles Saturday and Sunday, men’s soccer, slated to play at San Jose State Sunday, and women’s soccer, scheduled to play at Santa Clara on Sunday.
The Cal Athletic Ticket Office will make refunds to fans who purchased advance tickets to the Cal-Rutgers football game. Call 1-800-GO BEARS for more information.