Gainesville, Florida. – Florida coach Dan Mullen who last week He wanted 90,000 fans packed into the stadium Amid a pandemic, he says he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mullen announced Saturday on Twitter, saying his preliminary positive result was confirmed by a second test. The Gators ranked at least 10th 21 players and coaches have tested positive Earlier this week, the outbreak prompted the Southeast Conference to postpone its next two Florida matches.
With scores likely to be quarantined due to contract tracking, Florida (2–1) had fewer than 50 scholarship players available to take on defending national champ Tiger (1-2) in the swamp.
Two assistant coaches also tested positive for the highly contagious virus.
Mullen is the second SEC head coach, along with Alabama icon Nick Saban, contracts COVID-19 and the fifth known year of the season in major college football, joining Mike Norville from Florida, Kevin Somlin from Arizona, and Lee Miles From Kansas.
Florida has begun daily testing since it suspected an outbreak after losing last week to Texas A&M.
Mullen, 48, says he experienced “mild to no symptoms”.
“I continue to cut myself off from my family, who are all still healthy, and follow all the guidelines set forth by UF Health, the CDC, and our public health officials,” Mullen chirp. “I am proud of the way our players, staff and the campus community have traversed this unprecedented time and I hope everyone stays safe.”
Team Gators believes their breakout began with two players – one with a congestion and the other with a headache late last week. 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 swamp against LSU. When given the opportunity to back off, it doubled down. He got another chance on Monday and digging into more. Finally Wednesday relented and apologized if he offended anyone.
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