Mullen apologizes, awaits word on COVID-19 tests, LSU game

Dan Mullen

"The LSU at Florida football game of October 17 has been postponed due to positive tests and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Florida football program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements", the SEC said in a statement.

The reason for halting team activities on Tuesday was due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests from players.

"This is not going to be normal, and everyone's going to have to be flexible if we're going to try to get a season in for everyone", Stricklin said. It's the second SEC game bumped this week, following Missouri-Vanderbilt.

The SEC's Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force stipulates that a team must have at least 53 scholarship players available to play a game, including seven offensive linemen (with one center), four defensive linemen and one quarterback. Now, the Gators are trying to trace the origin of the outbreak.

Stricklin said during his press conference Wednesday that the athletics department believes the trip to College Station played a part in the outbreak amongst the Florida football program.

Stricklin added that multiple players experienced mild symptoms on Friday, but assumed they were just allergies and did not report anything.

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Going to a home game at "The Swamp", the Florida Gators football stadium, is a thunderously raucous experience, with over 90,000 fans cheering loudly enough to register on the Richter scale, and it's understandable that head football coach Dan Mullen would want his team to enjoy one of America's best home field advantages...

Florida moved to everyday testing after seeing a spike in positives Sunday, the day after a 41-38 loss at Texas A&M. Two assistant coaches have also tested positive for coronavirus but are asymptomatic.

The potential for postponed games is why the SEC said the conference's title game would be on December 19 - two weeks after the scheduled end of the season.

LSU is 1-2 after losing last weekend at Missouri. I had a conversation with him yesterday and he said, 'Hey, since Coach Mullen is now getting into public health policy, can I call some plays?' So I told him that I'd make a deal.

However Mullen backtracked on Wednesday before the postponement was announced.

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