Florida coach Dan Mullen introduced Saturday he has examined constructive for COVID-19, the most recent hit to a soccer program that has been severely affected by the coronavirus unfold.
Mullen stated on Twitter that his constructive take a look at has been confirmed and he’s self-isolating from his members of the family, who’re wholesome. Sources advised ESPN that Mullen has been isolating since Thursday.
“Thanks Gator Nation for all of your assist for this system this week,” Mullen posted on Twitter. “Fortunately, everybody impacted is recovering effectively and has skilled gentle to no signs. I’ve additionally examined constructive for COVID and have obtained phrase that my take a look at was confirmed.
“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 [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and our public well being officers. I’m pleased with how our gamers, employees and campus group have navigated this unprecedented time and hope all proceed to be protected.”
Earlier within the week, Florida paused all soccer actions and its sport in opposition to LSU was postponed due to a wave of constructive coronavirus checks that left this system with fewer than the conference-mandated 53 scholarship gamers. As of Wednesday, 21 gamers and two coaches had examined constructive. Mullen’s tweet is the primary replace given by Florida since then.
The SEC had additionally postponed the No. 10 Gators’ sport sport in opposition to Missouri from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31. The LSU sport has tentatively been rescheduled for Dec. 12.
Mullen, 48, additionally stated these gamers who’ve examined constructive have skilled both gentle or no signs.
Mullen took a heavy quantity of criticism final week after a loss at Texas A&M, saying the gang noise had an affect on the sport whereas calling for the Gators to “Pack the Swamp” for the go to from LSU. Mullen backtracked from these feedback solely Wednesday, saying his preliminary assertion was not a requirement for elevated attendance at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, including, “I actually apologize if I offended folks.”
Florida has no plans to extend its attendance right now.
“It might sneak up on you on a rush, as I stated,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, who had coronavirus through the summer time, stated on a video name Wednesday. “The important thing factor is you have to have the power to push the brake when issues begin to happen like we’re seeing proper now.”