Oct. 21 (UPI) — Florida football coach Dan Mullen, who has examined optimistic for COVID-19, mentioned he hopes the Gators will resume activities as quickly as Monday amid an outbreak that has brought on two sport postponements.
The Gators coach stays in quarantine at dwelling after he introduced Saturday that he had examined optimistic. He spoke to reporters Wednesday throughout a Southeastern Convention teleconference.
The Gators outbreak, which has included greater than 20 gamers with optimistic COVID-19 take a look at outcomes, led to the postponement of Florida’s sport towards Missouri, deliberate for Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Mullen mentioned Wednesday that one other participant turned up optimistic after Tuesday’s spherical of testing.
Florida gamers and coaches have been aside since Oct. 13 due to the outbreak.
“Shifting ahead, we can’t be at full capability as a workforce, however we really feel comfy our numbers can be at a degree the place we will play the sport,” Mullen mentioned, in accordance to the Orlando Sentinel.
Florida started the 2020 season Sept. 26 at Ole Miss and performed video games towards South Carolina and Texas A&M earlier than this system paused football activities.
The Southeastern Convention — whose members are Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Kentucky — then postponed the Gators’ Oct. 17 sport towards LSU.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin mentioned final week the Gators would have had fewer than 50 scholarship gamers accessible in the event that they tried to play final Saturday as a result of of these in quarantine or on the COVID damage listing.
The SEC introduced in September a threshold for member colleges to have no less than 53 scholarship gamers accessible for video games. The convention additionally specified minimal thresholds for scholarship offensive linemen, quarterbacks and defensive linemen.
Impacted colleges have the choice to play under the thresholds, but in addition can have the video games rescheduled or forfeit, pending convention approval.
“I imply, I am doing positive,” Mullen mentioned, in accordance to 247 Sports activities. “The workforce for probably the most half, very related.
“I feel the bulk of our guys have very minor signs, after which what we did is — variety of following so much of the NFL mannequin and, out of the abundance of warning, we have used this complete time — this system has utterly closed to get again to zero optimistic exams.
“So we’re going to be closed till Monday. We’re going to, even the coaches, all people’s working remotely till subsequent Monday after which we’ll open again up, hopefully, at that time.”
The Missouri-Florida sport has been moved to Oct. 31 on the Gators’ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Florida-LSU sport has been moved to Dec. 12.