With the Florida Gators’ football program dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and activities within the program temporarily paused, doubts are emerging as to whether or not the Gators can host LSU this week in their annual rivalry clash.
Dan Mullen said two Florida assistant coaches have tested positive but that Mullen himself had not tested positive.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron on Wednesday morning’s SEC teleconference said he would not be surprised to see the game rescheduled.
“Not at all; obviously 2020 is what we’re dealing with,” Orgeron said. “I really think the safety of the kids is the primary focus. If it’s safe, we’re going to play; if not, we shouldn’t play.”
Added Mullen, “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.
“I don’t want to speculate on where we’re out right now. Until we get today’s, we are pausing all team activities.”
LSU early in camp encountered its own COVID-19 outbreak. Orgeron said the uncertainty has been the hardest element to manage among players.
“It’s very difficult and then you don’t know how many more guys are going to get tested [and potentially be ruled out],” Orgeron said. “We had one week we spent without our whole offensive line practicing (due to COVID-19 protocols).”
Orgeron said his Tigers will be prepared to face the Gators, but he admitted LSU would like a decision today on the game’s status.
Orgeron also said quarterback Myles Brennan is doubtful and has not yet practiced this week. Brennan is out again today, per Orgeron. Freshmen Max Johnson & TJ Finley could be thrust into the starting QB role if Brennan cannot go by Friday, Orgeron said.
“Florida don’t like we and we don’t like them,” Orgeron said. “These guys are excited to go play in The Swamp.”
Sources tell FootballScoop Florida has made the call to postpone the game. The SEC is currently working on how this impacts December 12th.
Brooks Kubena first reported the game would be postponed.
— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) October 14, 2020
And now this is official:
Stricklin officially announces postponement of #Gators-LSU. Tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.
— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) October 14, 2020