LOS ANGELES — Occidental announced on Thursday night that it will cancel its home football game against Pacific (OR) on Saturday due to a significantly diminished player roster.
After a team meeting on Thursday afternoon, Oxy Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jaime Hoffman detailed the decision in a letter to the campus community.
"This is a painful decision, but in the final analysis the only responsible decision I could make. Over the past 24 hours, I have had multiple conversations that included team seniors, coaches, trainers, the Dean of Students, the Dean of the College, and President Veitch," Hoffman said in her letter. "Without question, our student-athletes are ready to play. In no way does this decision reflect on their commitment, talent, or work ethic. However, the inevitable conclusion, given the state of our depth chart, was to not go forward with Saturday's game. "
No decisions have been made about Occidental's next game, scheduled for Sept. 30, or the remainder of the season.
"Occidental remains committed to intercollegiate athletics, an integral part of the Oxy experience for more than 120 years," Hoffman wrote. "While their numbers may be diminished, Coach Rob Cushman and his players exemplify all the best traditions of Oxy Athletics, both on and off the field."