Update October 27th 6:05 p.m.: The Gators appear to still have plenty of Covid-19 issues, and their game against Missouri scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. might be in jeopardy.
Breaking: Florida's football program has six new positive COVID tests in the past week, bringing the team's total for the month to 37.— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 27, 2020
The No. 10 Gators returned to practice and meetings starting Monday following a two-week hiatus because of a coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/HGkP6DHtd9
Update 2:05 p.m.: UF AD Scott Stricklin says there are 21 players that have tested positive, and that the team trip to College Station to face Texas A&M last weekend might be the root cause of the outbreak.
Scott Stricklin says 18 scholarship players and three walk-ons are positive. Add in players in contact tracing and players with injuries and Florida has fewer than 50 scholarship players available.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) October 14, 2020
AD Scott Stricklin says Florida still tracing the origins of this outbreak, but "there's suspicion that the trip to College Station was the root of it."— G. Allan Taylor (@GAllanTaylor) October 14, 2020
Update 2:00 p.m.: The SEC has tentatively rescheduled the game for December 12, the weekend before the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
NEWS: The LSU at Florida FB game of Oct. 17 is postponed due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Florida FB program. The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) October 14, 2020
Update 1:49 p.m.: Gators AD Scott Stricklin will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. ET, where he’s likely to announce this weekend’s game is canceled.
Gators AD @ScottStricklin will hold a press conference at 2p to discuss recent @GatorsFB COVID developments.— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) October 14, 2020
The LSU Tigers won’t be traveling to Gainesville this weekend as a Covid-19 outbreak amongst the Florida Gators will keep this week’s SEC game from happening according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.
News: #LSU-Florida is expected to be postponed after coronavirus outbreak within the Florida football program, multiple sources told @theadvocatebr.https://t.co/SlXtmcUshi— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) October 14, 2020
The Gators are reported to have 19 players testing positive with the virus, and additional players quarantined due to contact tracing protocols. The SEC requires teams to have at least 53 players available to play a game, and that includes enough at all position groups where the contest wouldn’t be deemed to be “unsafe.”
More information as we have it about the second SEC game to be rescheduled because of the pandemic.