Injury bug bites Bears again, results in postponement

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Cal’s season will be put on hold yet again, as the blue and gold have failed to meet the minimum requirement of seven available scholarship players. While a similar situation occurred earlier this season due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program, this delay is due to undisclosed injury concerns.

Cal was set to play both Oregon and Oregon State on Feb. 12 and Feb. 14, respectively. With these two games being postponed, the Bears will have had nine conference games postponed this season. The injury bug has decimated Cal’s depth this year — the projected starting backcourt of sophomores Jazlen Green and Cailyn Crocker failed to touch the floor this season, and freshman guard Alma Elsnitz was lost for the year after just one game.

With the Bears sporting a 0-13 record, these games being postponed may not seem like a big deal on the surface. However, they would surely serve Cal well in the long run. The blue and gold field an extremely young roster, so developing players should be a priority for head coach Charmin Smith.

As of now, no date has been set in stone for when these games might be made up, but Cal is still set to host Arizona on Feb. 19.

Justin Kim covers women’s basketball and men’s water polo. Contact him at [email protected].