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After COVID-19 Outbreak, Gators Postpone LSU Game

The team shutdown came three days after Coach Dan Mullen's comments about wanting 90,000 fans at Florida Field to create an advantage against LSU. Carl Lisciandrello / WUSF

The No. 10-ranked University of Florida football team will not face LSU on Saturday due to the recent outbreak in the Gators football program, which now includes two assistant coaches who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Head coach Dan Mullen spoke to the media Wednesday and gave an update on where testing stands with the team.

“We have had two assistant coaches that have but again those were yesterday’s tests. The entire team again tested (Wednesday) so both the coaches that did test positive were asymptomatic so we’re going to wait for testing to see where we’re at,” he said.

Mullen also clarified his statement over the weekend to pack Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with 90,000 fans for the LSU game, now tentatively moved to Dec. 12.

“I certainly apologize if I offended people or anybody out there. I think anybody that knows me knows our program knows how we do things. We have great respect for all of our local health officials and for what they’ve been able to do, and what we’ve been doing here since going all the way back to March and since July where we brought our team back to campus.”

The Gators shut down football operations on Tuesday after the positive tests.

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