Florida coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19 days after pleas for fans to 'Pack The Swamp'
Florida trainer Dan Mullen has tested positive for COVID-19, he confirmed in a statement on Saturday.
Mullen said he was isolating himself from his family and had "mild to no symptoms".
Mullen's positive test comes amid an outbreak of staff and players that totaled more than 20 positive tests. The game against LSU in Florida planned for Saturday has already been postponed as the school announced on Wednesday that it did not have enough players to play.
Mullen's positive test follows comments denying the COVID-19 protocols. After losing to Texas A&M last Saturday, Mullen unprovoked suggested in his opening speech that Florida fans grab "The Swamp" this week, using the nickname for Florida's stadium. He added, “I really want to see 90,000 at The Swamp. Hopefully that will create a home advantage for us next week because now we have passed a law in our state that we can do that. "
The notion that Florida would fill its stadium during a pandemic was shot down instantly by both the school's sports director and president. Sporting director Scott Stricklin said Wednesday it was outside of Mullen's expertise to comment on the number of fans at the stadium. "Dan is really good at calling ball games," said Stricklin.
Florida trainer Dan Mullen said in a statement that he tested positive for COVID-19. (AP)
The remarks made Mullen a lightning rod on social media as his team's breakout and game canceled were announced.
Florida's October 24 game against Missouri has been postponed and will be played on October 31.
The news about Mullen continues a miserable week for the SEC. There were three postponed games and one false positive for Alabama's manager Nick Saban, who is expected to coach the Crimson Tide game with Georgia on Saturday night. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin also said this week his program is dealing with an outbreak.
The SEC had gone three weeks with no major disruption. The league began on September 26, later than many others, with the idea that it would begin after the inevitable spikes of students returning to campus. Up to this week this approach has worked.
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