Dan Mullen

Gators coach Dan Mullen announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Twitter Saturday evening. 

“I am continuing to self-isolate from my family, who all remain healthy, and am following all the guidelines set forth by UF Health, the CDC and our public health officials,” Mullen said in the tweet.

Mullen’s positive case comes on the heels of the Gators pausing all activities due to 21 players testing positive for COVID-19. Between 18 scholarship athletes with positive cases, players in quarantine and athletes who are injured, UF fell below 50 scholarship players available to compete. Thus, Florida’s game against LSU, originally scheduled for Saturday, was pushed back to Dec. 12. 

The Gators’ next game is set for Oct. 31 against Missouri. The two teams were initially slated to play on Oct. 24, but Florida’s ongoing football hiatus caused the postponement.  

Athletic director Scott Stricklin said on Thursday that, while the origin of the team’s outbreak is unclear, “a couple” of athletes that tested positive later reported that they had “allergy-like” symptoms leading up to the Oct. 11 game against Texas A&M.

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