SEC postpones Florida-LSU

Tanya Simon
October 16, 2020

Florida, LSU and the Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday that Saturday's game has been postponed because of the positive coronavirus tests and subsequent quarantine of individuals on Florida's team.

Florida put all football activities on hold as of Tuesday, with 19 positive tests for COVID-19 "over the past several days".

The game had been touted as a marquee match-up on ESPN, with officials moving the kickoff from 3:30 p.m.to 4 p.m.to accommodate television.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron, who said prior to the season most of his team had the coronavirus in July, said Wednesday morning that he didn't expect this game to be played as scheduled. The Gators have fallen below the threshold of 53 scholarship student-athletes available to play.

Covid-19 has gotten its teeth into the Florida Gator football program.

The Florida Gators' home game against defending champions L-S-U this weekend has been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak. It's the second SEC game bumped this week, following Missouri-Vanderbilt.

The Southeastern Conference already has postponed one game this week: Vanderbilt and Missouri was tentatively pushed to December 12 because COVID-19 issues have left the Commodores without enough players. It's unclear when that game could be played, Yahoo Sports reported.

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"We think the trip to College Station was the root of it", Stricklin said.

Florida moved to everyday testing after seeing a spike in positives Sunday, the day after a 41-38 loss at Texas A&M. It was the first SEC game rescheduled due to coronavirus-related problems and the 28th in the Football Bowl Subdivision to be postponed or canceled since August 26. Two assistant coaches have also tested positive for coronavirus but are asymptomatic.

He finally backtracked two days later, apologizing if I offended people or anybody out there.

"He respects the importance of listening to the medical professionals", Stricklin said.

While LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he wouldn't be surprised if Saturday's game was canceled as a result of the viral outbreak at Florida, Mullen wouldn't speculate on what might happen.

Stricklin made it clear Wednesday that Mullen overstepped his area of expertise and added that the plan for the rest of 2020 would be to allow up to 17,000 fans (25% capacity) at Florida Field for home games.

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