UF Football: LSU game postponed to December 12
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Saturday’s game between UF and LSU has been postponed to December 12 after a “significant number” of COVID positive tests in the Florida football program.
UF Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said that 18 scholarship players and 3 walk-ons have tested positive. Other players and staff have been identified and quarantined as contacts of the “cases,” and that leaves the Gators with fewer than 50 scholarship players available.
Stricklin said they had fewer than 10 positive tests between July and October 1, and the protocols have not changed, but “the virus can sneak up on you.”
He said the virus likely spread during the team’s trip to College Station last weekend. Two of the players who tested positive on Monday said they’d had allergy-like symptoms on Friday (one had “sniffles” and one had a headache) but thought it was just allergies and didn’t mention the symptoms to trainers.
The football program will be “pausing all activities indefinitely” with no timeline on returning.
Stricklin said all the personnel who have tested positive are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. He added, “We don’t have anybody who’s really sick.”
Stricklin said the program uses PCR tests, but he couldn’t answer a question about whether they have access to the cycle thresholds for the positive tests.
Tickets and parking purchased for the original October 17 date will remain valid for the rescheduled game, and ticket holders do not need to take further action. For more information regarding tickets, please visit FloridaGators.com or contact the ticket office.