Florida's game vs. LSU postponed after Gators' coronavirus outbreak

Florida's game vs. LSU postponed after Gators' coronavirus outbreak

The SEC said on Twitter that the game was postponed after "positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals with the Florida FB program".

The game had been touted as a marquee match-up on ESPN, with officials moving the kickoff from 3:30 p.m.to 4 p.m.to accommodate television.

Athletic director Scott Stricklin was somewhat critical of Mullen's initial comments.

The school's independent newspaper, The Alligator, reported 19 football players tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has caused a global pandemic this year.

"Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week's opponent Texas A&M, and this week's opponent LSU". It's the second SEC game bumped this week, following Missouri-Vanderbilt.

The game was tentatively rescheduled for December 12, the league's built-in bye week before its annual championship.

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Stricklin suggested traveling to Texas A&M may have been the root of the team's outbreak, with two players who later tested positive telling team doctors they had symptoms before getting on a plane last Friday.

"Hopefully we don't have any more positives and we're able to get on the other side of this and then we can get everyone back in a situation where you can go compete again", Stricklin said.

Florida is off to a 2-1 start after a 41-38 loss to Texas A&M.

"We understand how important it is to get football season, especially SEC Football, back into where it used to be", said Fried, "but not at the risk of so many people across the state and our country".

While LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he wouldn't be surprised if Saturday's game was canceled as a result of the viral outbreak at Florida, Mullen wouldn't speculate on what might happen.

He finally backtracked two days later, apologizing if I offended people or anybody out there.

Stricklin was asked Wednesday afternoon following the postponement about Mullen's comments on Saturday and Monday.

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