Gators football leader Dan Mullen has the coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen is the latest Southeastern Conference football coach to test positive for the coronavirus. He is the second one to test positive, as Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was the first.

Saban – who tested positive on Tuesday – had five negative tests since Wednesday. Alabama worked with two labs to work with SEC protocols.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen reacts to a call against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl
Dan Mullen reacts to a call against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl (Getty Images)

The legendary football coach met the criteria to return to his team just days after the positive test. Saban had three negative coronavirus in three consecutive days.

Mullen will have to do the same – three negative tests in three days before returning to his team.

“Thank you Gator Nation for all your support for the program this week,” Mullen said on Twitter. “Thankfully, everyone impacted is recovering well and has experienced mild to no symptoms. 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.”

Mullen is 23-6 since taking the Gators job. Florida is 2-1 this season.

The team was supposed to play the LSU Tigers on Saturday. However, the SEC moved the event to December 12th.

The Gators were defeated last weekend 41-38 by the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Florida is not scheduled to return to action until October 31st when they are scheduled to play the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

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