BREAKING: Dan Mullen tests postive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Thank you Gator Nation for all your support for the program this week. Thankfully, everyone impacted is recovering well and has experienced mild to no symptoms,” Mullen tweeted. “I have also tested positive for COVID and have received word that my test has been confirmed. I’m continuing to self-isolate from my family, who all remain healthy, and am following all the guidelines set forth by UF Health, the CDC and our public health officials. I am proud of how our players, staff, and campus community have navigated this unprecedented time and hope all continue to be safe.”

Wednesday the Gators and the Southeastern conference officially announced that Saturday’s game against LSU has been postponed to, tentatively, December 12.

University of Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that the Gators, at the time of his remarks, had 18 scholarship players testing positive and three walk-ons, 21 student-athletes total. On the SEC Teleconference Wednesday, Dan Mullen said that two other assistant coaches had tested positive, but that he had not.

The SEC testing program dictates that schools test Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday during the week but Florida began daily testing starting Sunday, October 11 after Associate Athletic Director Paul SIlversti was informed by several players that they were feeling flu-like symptoms. Florida’s testing from Sunday showed five new positives, which caused the university to make the decision to go to daily testing. Florida testing again on Monday, October 12, Tuesday, October 11 and their positive test results continued to rise, forcing the postponement of the LSU game.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC