Florida-LSU game is postponed after Gators’ coronavirus outbreak

Florida's Dan Mullen was criticized after calling for fans to “pack the Swamp” for Saturday's game. Football activities were halted Tuesday after a number of players had positive coronavirus test results. (Thomas Graning/AP)

Saturday’s college football game between No. 10 Florida and LSU has been postponed, the Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday, after the Gators’ program was placed on hold Tuesday because of a number of positive coronavirus tests.

The game tentatively has been rescheduled for Dec. 12.

Florida initially announced Tuesday that five players received positive results in coronavirus tests administered through Monday. But both the Independent Alligator student newspaper and Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday that the team had a total of 19 positive cases after further results were received Tuesday morning.

On Wednesday, Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin told reporters that 21 football players (18 on scholarship and three walk-ons) had tested positive. Because of that and injuries, Stricklin said the Gators would have fewer than 50 scholarship players available to play LSU on Saturday. The SEC’s coronavirus guidelines for this season require teams to have at least 53 scholarship players available for games to happen.

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