Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19, self-isolating

Robbie Andreu
Gator Sports

The COVID crisis has now reached all the way to the top of the Florida football program.

Head coach Dan Mullen,48. announced on Twitter on Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

He posted the following statement: “Thank you Gator Nation for all your support for the program this week. Thankfully, everyone impacted is recovering well and has experienced mild to no symptoms. I have also tested positive for COVID and have received word my test has been confirmed. I’m continuing to self-isolate from my family, who all remain healthy and am following all the guidelines set forth by UF Health, CDC and our public health officials. I am proud of how our players, staff and campus community have navigated this unprecedented time and hope all continue to be safe.”

Mullen is the first SEC head coach to contract COVID-19 and the fourth overall known this season in major-college football, joining Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin and Kansas’ Les Miles.

Florida has started administering daily tests since it first suspected an outbreak following last week's loss at Texas A&M.

The UF football program has been on pause since Tuesday, after 19 players and two assistant coaches tested positive for the virus. On Wednesday, following two more positive tests, Saturday’s LSU game was postponed.

UF's medical staff has not pinpointed the exact origin of the Gators' outbreak but surmised it began with a couple of players —one experiencing congestion and another a headache late last week. Suspecting an allergy or seasonal cold, neither reported the symptoms before the team traveled during the weekend to Texas A&M for the game.

With all the positive players and so many players in quarantine, the Oct. 24 game with Missouri in The Swamp has been moved to Oct. 31. The LSU game will be played Dec. 12.