Were you looking forward to the return of the Weekender at Berkeley? Well, you will unfortunately have to wait a little longer.
UC Berkeley postponed its Saturday game against USC after a COVID-19 outbreak that ravaged the Cal football team.
Although 99% of the team is fully vaccinated, more than 24 players tested positive for COVID before their last game. As of Tuesday, the number had increased to 44.
Traveling upstate to attend the rivalry game has become an annual tradition for the Trojan community. Here’s sophomore Carson Locke on the USC tradition where all students travel north to support their team and take down the Bears.
Carson Locke: that base of tradition, like, it’s something that USC students have always done. I was really looking forward to just like getting out of L.A. and like, seeing San Francisco and Berkeley in general and just kind of like, what that campus is like.
Many students coming to campus for the first time had been looking forward to joining the tradition. As a transfer student, Emily Cox hasn’t had the opportunity to experience a Berkeley vs USC game.
Emily Cox: I was a transfer my sophomore year, and then it was canceled junior year, so I’ve never been. And so I have friends at Berkeley. It sounds like a fun experience.
USC senior Quincy Hurt is a part of the school’s band who loves seeing the cardinal and gold colors at away games. That will not happen this time.
Quincy Hurt: It’s nice to feel like the family travels with us and cares enough to be there. So I think it’s always fun to see that kind of takeover of cities and know that our fan base is passionate about the team and willing to travel for it.
But despite the game delay, the Trojans will be ready to unite and take on the Bears next month.