World News – CA – Dan Mullen of Florida learns the hard way about COVID-19


Last Saturday afternoon Florida coach Dan Mullen was pushing his school to allow some 90,000 fans to scramble Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville for this week’s game with LSU

The game was postponed on Wednesday due to a COVID-19 outbreak among Florida players and coaches

There’s no need to cram on Mullen After all, the 48-year-old is stuck in the face of self-isolation, an uncertain schedule and a squad full of positive tests and I hope that’s is the worst Hope he and his players experience only mild symptoms, if any You never know with COVID though

His « Pack The Swamp » comments were misguided, but they came in moments of frustration following a loss to Texas A&M Then he went and repeated them two days later But anyway, the administration UF was not going to grant it.The school reiterated it would follow its own doctors and infectious disease experts and cap attendance at 20%, rather than the governor, which allows 100%

« Coaches sometimes say things that are outside their area of ​​expertise, » said sporting director Scott Stricklin « And, you know, they’re really good at what they do Dan is really good at calling games »

This is, however, another reminder that you can’t take anything for granted just yet Anywhere, of course But with college football in particular

Mullen went from begging to having a massive crowd at the match to not being able to coach even though the match hadn’t already been postponed

Alabama coach Nick Saban announced on Wednesday that he tested positive for coronavirus This was later ruled false positive after Saban had three negative tests Saban is fine which is the good news

He missed a few days of preparation in person as his No 2 Crimson Tide prepared for No 3 Georgia on Saturday Even when a positive turns out to be a negative, the virus is a problem

The LSU-Florida game had already been postponed, of course The same was true for Missouri-Vanderbilt Florida in October 24 game against Missouri was also postponed and will be played on October 31

As the season progresses, the dates available for moving games disappear, reducing the likelihood that each team will play the same number of competitions Again, this is football in 2020

It was easy to start the season Finishing it was always the question Anyone peddling anything else was a fool

Teams try, but apparently even SEC defenses fall short of virus On Monday alone, Mullen spoke confidently about Gator protocols

« I think if you look at what we’ve been able to do, the safety precautions that our players have followed, our coaches are following, our staff are following, you know, I think we are a model of safety of what we’ve been doing during that time, ”Mullen said“ So I’m very proud of the way we handled everything and the safety that we had with everything we do and all the precautions we took during that time. »

Saban theorized that getting to the road games was what left teams vulnerable In their own facilities, everything was fine Add buses, planes, hotels and a new environment, and it becomes a challenge

« As soon as you travel you are exposed to a lot more things and a lot more people, » said Saban

Bama played Ole Miss last weekend Florida was in Texas A&M Saban may be right

College football can and must keep moving forward This season was never going to be perfect, anyway Whatever we get, we get

But neither is the time to become overconfident or not take risks.This is why, for all the laughs, fans are watching freak control coaches struggle with the proper wearing of a mask on the sideline it is important to do this, if only to keep the season going And although healthy young players are young and healthy, a lot of older coaches and staff support are not

For Florida it’s all in the air now Forget about packing the swamp It’s about hoping for the best for the coach, his players and containment of the virus

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World News – California – Dan Mullen from Florida learns the hard way about COVID-19


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