Cal, USC Game Delayed by Midfield Protests Over UC Berkeley Professor Ivonne del Valle

    The USC-Cal game was held up prior to kickoff due to UC Berkeley protestors over the suspension of professor Ivonne del Valle.

    The matchup between the USC Trojans and California Golden Bears got off to a hot start, with both offenses moving the ball very well. However, the game was almost stopped in its tracks prior to kick-off.

    The Cal-USC game was delayed from its intended 1:00 pm PT kick-off slot due to protestors that took the field.

    Cal, USC Game Delayed by Midfield Protests

    Just moments before the start of the game, a group of individuals sat along the Cal logo at midfield.

    Originally, the protestors’ message wasn’t clear. It wasn’t until the images from the field level came in that their message was known.

    Protestors took to the field to delay the kickoff of the USC-Cal game in protest of the suspended Ivonne del Valle, a UC Berkeley professor.
    Oct 28, 2023; Berkeley, California, USA; Protestors (center bottom) in support of University of California professor Ivonne del Valle sit on the field before the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

    Further images showcase the protestor’s shirts much more clearly.

    The Cal-USC Game was delayed due to protests over California professor Ivonne del Valle
    Oct 28, 2023; Berkeley, California, USA; A protestor (center) in support of University of California professor Ivonne del Valle is escorted off of the field before the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

    The game was held up before it could actually begin and aired on the Pac-12 Network.

    Ivonne del Valle, a professor at Cal Berkeley, has been the center of protests from the student body at UC Berkeley all month long. Per records obtained by KQED, del Valle had been suspended over stalking and harassment of another professor.

    Those records included three investigations of behavior that began in 2018 and continued all the way through 2022. They state that del Valle had repeatedly harassed, stalked, and even retaliated against UC Davis professor Joshua Clover.

    The students protesting del Valle’s suspension state that the UC Berkeley professor was acting out of desperation and was instead a victim of harassment herself.

    They have mentioned hunger strikes and hinted at their staging of disrupting the game prior to kickoff. The supporters have stated, on multiple occasions, that their support for del Valle is ongoing and will not stop.

    For more on this growing development that has now impacted the world of college football, read the KQED report here.

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