Scott Stricklin details extent of Florida's COVID outbreak
At a press conference where he officially announced Saturday’s game with LSU was tentatively postponed, Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin detailed the numbers facing the Gators.
The Gators have had 18 scholarship players, and three walk-ons test positive for COVID-19. That took Florida’s scholarship total to less than 50 players. Stricklin explained that Florida has had less than one positive case per week since July, and the protocols have not changed.
There isn’t a clear explanation on where it began, but Stricklin suspected that it came during the travel to College Station, Texas when the Gators lost to Texas A&M on Saturday. Stricklin added that Florida is pausing all activities indefinitely, and there’s no timeline on when they will resume.
On Wednesday’s SEC media teleconference, coach Dan Mullen revealed that members of the Florida football team began testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. Mullen also revealed that two UF assistant coaches have tested positive but are asymptomatic at the moment.
“We saw a spike of positive tests on Sunday’s test and saw a couple of guys showing symptoms, some flu and cold symptoms. Instead of doing Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday testing, we are testing every day,” Mullen said on the teleconference.
The SEC has set availability thresholds of 53 scholarship players as well as various position group numbers with COVID and injuries. When Florida dropped below those requirements, the postponement became inevitable.