LSU-Florida game postponed after COVID spike

Saturday’s game between No. 10 Florida and LSU at “The Swamp” has been postponed after the Gators have seen a surge in positive COVID-19 tests this week, the SEC announced Wednesday.

The SEC said on Twitter that the game was postponed after “positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals with the Florida FB program.”

The game has tentatively been rescheduled for Dec. 12, the league’s built-in bye week before its title game.

Florida shut down its football program on Tuesday after a number of tests came back positive.

Florida has 18 positives among scholarship players and three walk-ons, athetlic director Scott Strickland said Wednesday. On Wednesday, Florida coach Dan Mullen said that two assistants have tested positive but that both were asymptomatic.

“When you add in those who are quarantined through contact tracing as a result of those positives in addition to handful of players on the non-COVID list, it gives us less than 50 scholarship players available,” Strickland said.

Said Mullen: “As we get more numbers, we’re getting a better idea of trying to trace the origins of it. We have not been able to do that.”

Mullen on Wednesday backtracked on a statement made Saturday in which he said he would like to see 100% capacity at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, citing a recent decision by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to lift COVID-19 restrictions that had limited the size of public gatherings.

It’s the second SEC game bumped this week. Missouri-Vanderbilt already was postponed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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