Florida's Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2020

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement he posted on Twitter on Saturday.

His announcement came one week after he repeatedly said he wanted 90,000 fans packed inside Florida Field amid a pandemic. "I have also tested positive for COVID and have received word that my test has been confirmed". Student-athletes and staff members who tested positive are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, while another 10 players are apparently facing quarantine due to contact tracing. The Gators, ranked 10th, had at least 21 players and coaches who tested positive earlier this week, an outbreak that prompted the Southeastern USA Conference to postpone the next two games in Florida.

Fellow SEC head coach Nick Saban, of Alabama, also tested positive for COVID-19 this week but was cleared to participate in Saturday's game against Georgia, after testing negative for the coronavirus three consecutive times prior to the game.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen left talks with wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Jacob Copeland
Florida head coach Dan Mullen left talks with wide receivers Kadarius Toney and Jacob Copeland

Since an outbreak on the Gators was first suspected last weekend, UF began to administer daily tests to determine the extent of the spread, leading to the 48-year-old Mullen's positive test result. The LSU game has tentatively been rescheduled for December 12. They both suspected allergies and did not alert the team's doctors before they traveled on the team's trip to Texas A&M.

Mullen raised eyebrows after the loss to the Aggies by saying he wanted to pack the Swamp against LSU. He got another chance on Monday and digging into more.

We will have to see how soon Mullen is able to resume to his duties in person.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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