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Smoke Plays Havoc With Sports Schedules

Uncertainty For Youth, High School, College Games

KCBS Radio Morning News
November 16, 2018 - 6:25 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- The Bay Area's poor air quality is forcing a massive scramble among sports officials from the youth soccer level all the way up to bigtime college sports.

On Friday afternoon, The University of California announced that tomorrow's Big Game against Stanford will be postponed until December 1. The university also canceled a men's basketball game against Detroit Mercy in Berkeley Thursday night.

San Jose State athletic department officials tweeted Thursday night to say Saturday afternoon's football game against the University of Nevada will be played.

The University of San Francisco called off a scheduled Friday night men's basketball game against Arizona State and was reportedly considering options for moving the game.

NCAA men's and women's soccer playoff games scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Stanford University and St. Mary's College remained "on" as of Friday morning.

High school sports have been thrown into turmoil.

The Central Coast Section is moving football, water polo and cross country events to sites in Salinas, Pacific Grove and Watsonville, where the air quality has been better than it has at locations in the Bay Area.

The North Coast Section has already delayed football playoff games three times, and has now postponed all games scheduled for Saturday until Monday.