Coronavirus: University of Florida pauses football practice after positive tests

University of Florida pauses football practice after positive coronavirus tests

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida, citing “an abundance of caution” because of an increase in positive coronavirus cases, paused its football practice on Tuesday.

Athletic Director Scott Stricklin made the announcment in a statement. The school announced earlier Tuesday that there were five new cases, ESPN reported.

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“Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent LSU,” Stricklin said. "These circumstances will be re-evaluated by UF Health and the athletic department’s sports medicine staff Wednesday.

The Gators (2-1) lost 41-38 to Texas A&M (2-1) on a last-second field goal on Saturday.

Florida had 21 positive cases after players returned to campus in late May, according to ESPN.

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Florida offensive lineman Jean Delance (56) tries to stop Texas A&M lineman DeMarvin Leal (8) from getting to quarterback Kyle Trask on Saturday.
Florida offensive lineman Jean Delance (56) tries to stop Texas A&M lineman DeMarvin Leal (8) from getting to quarterback Kyle Trask on Saturday. (Sam Craft/Associated Press)