By MARK LONG, AP Sports activities Author
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen, who final week needed 90,000 followers packed contained in the stadium amid a pandemic, says he has examined constructive for COVID-19.
Mullen made the announcement Saturday on Twitter, saying his preliminary constructive consequence was confirmed by a second check. The 10th-ranked Gators had at the least 21 gamers and coaches check constructive earlier this week, an outbreak that prompted the Southeastern Convention to postpone Florida’s subsequent two video games.
With doubtlessly dozens extra quarantined due to contract tracing, Florida (2-1) would have had fewer than 50 scholarship gamers accessible to face the defending nationwide champion Tigers (1-2) within the Swamp.
Two assistant coaches additionally examined constructive for the extremely contagious virus.
Mullen is the second SEC head coach, together with Alabama icon Nick Saban, to contract COVID-19 and the fifth total identified this season in major-college soccer, becoming a member of Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin and Kansas’ Les Miles.
Florida has began administering day by day assessments because it first suspected an outbreak following final week’s loss at Texas A&M.
The 48-year-old Mullen says he has skilled “delicate to no signs.”
“I am persevering with to self-isolate from my household, who all stay wholesome, and am following all the rules set forth by UF Well being, the CDC and our public well being officers,” Mullen tweeted. “I’m pleased with how our gamers, workers and campus neighborhood have navigated this unprecedented time and hope all proceed to be secure.”
The Gators consider their outbreak began with two gamers — one experiencing congestion and the opposite a headache late final week. Each suspected allergic reactions and did not alert crew docs earlier than getting on the crew flight to Texas A&M.
Mullen raised eyebrows after the loss to the Aggies by saying he needed to pack the Swamp in opposition to LSU. When given an opportunity to again down, he doubled down. He was given one other probability Monday and dug in additional. He lastly relented Wednesday and apologized if he offended anybody.
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