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UCLA decided that they would pull out of the Holiday Bowl, set to take place in San Diego, just hours before kickoff as a number of their players tested positive for COVID.
Claiming the “protocols within the Bruins’ program” prevented them from playing out the game against North Carolina, UCLA announced their decision on Twitter, much to the dismay of Outkick’s Clay Travis.
“UCLA just pulled out of the Holiday Bowl a few hours before kickoff. What in the world are we doing?” Travis fumed. “No college athletes should be getting tested for covid. They’re all 100% fine. Most have no idea if they even have it. This is a total farce. Embarrassing.”
UCLA just pulled out of the Holiday Bowl a few hours before kickoff. What in the world are we doing? No college athletes should be getting tested for covid. They’re all 100% fine. Most have no idea if they even have it. This is a total farce. Embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/tJDntAkuLB
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 28, 2021
The head coach of the opposing North Carolina State team was not happy, feeling that they were kept in the dark and only told at the last minute after traveling across the country for the game.
“Felt lied to, to be honest,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren stated, according to ESPN. “We felt like UCLA probably knew something was going on, didn’t tell anybody on our side. We had no clue they were up against that. I don’t feel like it was very well handled from their university. It would have been great to have had a heads-up two or three days ago so we could have found a Plan B. Disappointing.”
But luckily the UCLA team got to see Sea World before they all got sick!
Videos and photos of the players (both masked and unmasked) were posted to Instagram, as the team excitedly announced that they were taking a Christmas trip to the famous tourist attraction.
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Some Twitter users thought it was quite strange that the group had such a lively celebration just days ago, only to suddenly realize they can’t play hours before the Holiday Bowl was supposed to start. (Some dedicated fans had flown out from North Carolina to see the game, and one has to imagine they were less than impressed with the announcement.)
UCLA was at Sea World 3 days ago. On a battle ship 2 days ago.
Why allow them to do this with the idea that the game can be cancelled? pic.twitter.com/SDZg8z4wYQ
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) December 28, 2021
— BeInTheArena.com (@BeingInTheArena) December 28, 2021
Good thing all of nc st’s fans only had to travel a short distance to San Diego
— HeyOSU (@heyOSU3) December 28, 2021
Makes it you wonder…. If they where in a playoff game would this happen?
— Joe (@jvp1926) December 28, 2021
The UCLA team that was at sea world this week??? No they must be on their deathbeds
— Andrew J. Sweet (@ajsweet09) December 28, 2021
Sucks for everyone who traveled for it
— Weston (@westcoastsooner) December 28, 2021
That is absolutely ridiculous. I guess they got a free trip to one of the best cities in the countries though. Hope they can party tonight
— TPicks (@TPicks11) December 28, 2021
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