San Jose State, the Mountain West champions in an unprecedented season, may have a problem preparing for the postseason. The Spartans are expected to play at the Arizona Bowl on December 31st.
However, there are quarantine rules for Santa Clara County, California, and the Spartans could face violations. According to a report in Mercury NewsSan Jose state’s travel plans from the county to the bowl game could cause significant disruption.
This is despite the soccer team playing Boise State for the Mountain West Championship in Las Vegas on Saturday.
According to the Mercury News:
School spokesman Kenneth Mashinchi said Monday night that SJSU based its itinerary on county guidelines that allowed players and staff living outside of Santa Clara county to leave immediately after landing, rather than 10 days to have to quarantine, “the report said.
“However, [county executive Dr. Jeff Smith] Everyone who has traveled to the county from Las Vegas is said to be “invariably” quarantined for 10 days.
‘You shouldn’t be with other people; You should isolate yourself, ”he said, adding that it is also wrong to meet family members for the holidays. “Celebration doesn’t meet those criteria,” said Smith.
If the state of San Jose has to be quarantined for 10 days, they won’t be allowed to meet or practice until December 30, the day before their scheduled bowl game.
The state of San Jose returned to campus within the county to avoid traveling from Las Vegas to Tuscon, AZ and spending the entire Christmas vacation en route. The team decided that the players could potentially spend quality time with their families and take a break before heading off to their bowl game against Ball State.
This marked the first time San Jose state football returned to Santa Clara County since the county put in place the strict quarantine rules that, along with Stanford and the San Francisco 49ers, forced them to practice and play outside of the state.
According to Mercury News, the county could potentially enforce severe punishment on the team: they will not be allowed to go to the bowl game if they discover quarantine protocol violations.
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# 22 San Jose State (7-0) will face Ball State (6-1) at the Arizona Bowl on December 31st at 2:00 p.m. ET.