A week after Dan Mullen told Florida to pack "The Swamp" with 90,000 fans for the LSU game, the Gators coach announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mullen announced his diagnosis via Twitter on Saturday and said he had already taken a second test to confirm his first positive result. He isolates himself from the team – whose members had "mild to no symptoms" – and his family, who remain healthy.
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The third-year Florida coach came under fire on October 10 after his team lost to Texas A&M [41-38], the Gators' first loss of the season. Mullen, who claimed the roughly 24,000 fans present at Kyle Field influenced his team, said he wanted to see Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium offer the same advantage over LSU.
Mullen declined to address his original comments on Monday, saying he was focused on preparing for the LSU game. A day later, the team announced that all football activities had been suspended "out of caution" after five players tested positive for the coronavirus. Reports from AlligatorSports.com indicated that 19 players had tested positive.
A day later, Florida announced the postponement of the LSU game, citing an increase in positive COVID-19 tests among its players, coaches and staff. The number of players affected at the time of the announcement was 21:18 fellows and three walk-ons. On that day too, Mullen "apologized when I insulted people" for his earlier statement about filling The Swamp with fans.
The next question regarding Mullen is when can he return to coaching. The SEC announced on Saturday that Florida's scheduled game against Missouri on October 24 would be postponed by one week to October 31. this makes it more likely that Mullen won't have to miss any games while isolating.