2021 Holiday Bowl Cancelled Due to COVID-19
Tonight's game has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Bruin program.
Tonight’s Holiday Bowl game between UCLA and North Carolina State has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Bruin program.
UCLA made the announcement on Twitter:
Shortly after the announcement was made, UCLA Athletic Director Martin Jarmond issued this statement on his Twitter account:
And, just like that the 2021 football season has come to an end.
UCLA finishes the season with an 8-4 record despite not having beaten a team with a winning record all year.
Now, Chip Kelly and staff will look to finish the recruiting class as we head towards National Signing Day in February. This month has seen the departure of two defensive assistants in Johnny Nansen and Jason Kaufusi.
These coaches have already been replaced with the hirings of Ikaika Malloe and Chad Kauha’aha’a. It would appear that Malloe will probably coach the outside linebackers and Kauha’aha’a will probably coach the defensive line.
It’s worth noting that Malloe does have three seasons worth of experience as a defensive coordinator when he was an assistant at Yale. He also spent the past two seasons at Washington as co-defensive coordinator, which could set him up to possibly earn a promotion to defensive coordinator if UCLA and Jerry Azzinaro part ways in the months ahead.
Personally, I’d like to see Chip Kelly go after a guy like Tony Gibson who has developed the NC State defense into one of the best in the country, but only time will tell what will happen with Azzinaro.
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Just checked into the hotel in sd because I didn’t want to be penalized the one-night rate for a last minute cancellation. Very sad about how everything turned out.
ESPN has an article stating we forfeited because of protocols and not positive tests, whatever that means. This is a Mickey Mouse way to end the season.