It’s always interesting how these situations play out, isn’t it?
Not even a week after declaring that Florida should fill its football stadium to full capacity for an upcoming game despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was announced on Saturday that Gators head coach Dan Mullen has contracted COVID-19.
Gators HC Dan Mullen has tested positive for COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/6iXdlhGwWc
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) October 17, 2020
Florida and LSU were initially scheduled to face each other on Saturday, although that game was postponed following a multitude of positive coronavirus tests throughout the UF program that left the team severely undermanned. Following Florida’s loss to Texas A&M last Saturday, Mullen immediately opened his press conference by saying that they needed to “Pack the Swamp” for the next home game, alluding to the Aggies’ fans who apparently made it impossible for his players to perform on the field. For those wondering, The Swamp (Ben Hill Griffin Stadium) holds close to 89,000 people.
“Absolutely want to see 90,000 in The Swamp,” Mullen said. “Hopefully that creates a home-field advantage for us next week because now we passed a law in our state that we can do that.”
Mullen doubled-down on his statement over the following days, but eventually backtracked those comments this past Wednesday, the same day that the matchup against LSU was postponed. Florida’s AD said on Wednesday that any decision regarding fan attendance will be out of Mullen’s expertise.
The postponement has caused a massive scheduling conflict throughout the rest of the SEC, with several other games being moved around as a result. Kentucky’s matchup dates against Missouri and Georgia have already been swapped.
Pleaseeee take this seriously, folks.