Report: Florida assistant coach tests positive for COVID-19
A member of the Florida football coaching staff has reportedly positive for COVID-19.
The report from Payton Titus of UF student newspaper The Independent Florida Alligator, citing multiple sources, does not name the assistant coach who tested positive. Florida beat reporters have most recently spoken to safeties coach Ron English and tight ends coach Tim Brewster via Zoom. Reporters have not been allowed to observe fall camp practices in person.
Earlier this week, Florida shared that as of Monday, a total of 7 UF student-athletes had tested positive for COVID-19, including one football player in September. Since the May 26 return to campus for voluntary workouts, 42 Florida student-athletes have tested positive, including 22 football players, per UF’s Wednesday release.
Florida’s COVID-19 numbers release and the assistant coach report do not address how many other members of the football program may be in quarantine due to high-risk contact with the coach and/or player.
Dan Mullen’s Gators will open the 2020 season at Ole Miss on Sept. 26. The game is set for a noon ET kickoff on ESPN.
#BREAKING: The Alligator confirmed that a #Gators football assistant coach tested positive for COVID-19. Out of respect for the individual, we will not disclose their identity.@alligatorSports @TheAlligator
— Payton Titus 😷 (@petitus25) September 11, 2020