Florida coach Dan Mullen has examined constructive for COVID-19, he confirmed in a press release on Saturday.
Mullen mentioned he’s isolating from his household and he’s experiencing “delicate to no signs.”
Mullen’s constructive check comes amid an outbreak of employees and gamers that’s amounted to greater than 20 constructive exams. Florida’s recreation in opposition to LSU scheduled for Saturday had already been postponed, as the college introduced on Wednesday that it didn’t have sufficient gamers to play.
Mullen’s constructive check comes within the wake of remarks that had been dismissive of COVID-19 protocols. After a loss to Texas A&M final Saturday, Mullen recommended unprovoked in his opening assertion that Florida followers ought to “pack The Swamp” this week, utilizing the nickname for Florida’s stadium. He added: “Completely need to see 90,000 in The Swamp. Hopefully that creates a home-field benefit for us subsequent week as a result of now we handed a legislation in our state that we will try this.”
The notion of Florida filling its stadium throughout a pandemic was instantly shot down by each the college’s athletic director and president. Athletic director Scott Stricklin mentioned on Wednesday that commenting on the variety of followers within the stadium was exterior of Mullen’s experience. “Dan is admittedly good at calling ball performs,” Stricklin mentioned.
The remarks made Mullen a lightning rod on social media when the outbreak on his staff and canceled recreation had been introduced.
Florida’s Oct. 24 recreation in opposition to Missouri has been postponed and can be performed on Oct. 31.
The information about Mullen continues a depressing week for the SEC. There have been three postponed video games and a false-positive check for Alabama coach Nick Saban, who is anticipated to anticipated to teach the Crimson Tide’s recreation with Georgia on Saturday night time. Additionally, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin mentioned this week his program was coping with an outbreak.
The SEC had gone three weeks with out important disruptions. The league began on Sept. 26, later than many others, with the concept that it might start after the inevitable spikes of scholars returning to campus. Till this week, that method had been profitable.
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