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Florida-LSU football postponed due to COVID-19

A general view of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during the third quarter of the Towson Tigers Versus the Florida Gators on September 28, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
A general view of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during the third quarter of the Towson Tigers Versus the Florida Gators on September 28, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) (2019 James Gilbert)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s home game Saturday against LSU is being postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Gators football program.

Athletic director Scott Stricklin said that all activities will be paused indefinitely due to the outbreak. The game against LSU, which was scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m., will now be played Dec. 12.

Stricklin said that Florida had a surge in COVID-19 positive results. The Gators had 18 positive tests among scholarship players and another three walk-ons also test positive. With quarantine and contract tracing, that left Florida with less than 50 players available for the game.

Stricklin said that he thought last week’s road trip to Texas A&M could have been a possible trigger for the outbreak.

A day earlier, Florida announced that it was pausing all football-related activities due to an increase in COVID-19 numbers among players. Those numbers were reported as low as five and as many as 19, according to various reports.


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