American college football is not immune to the coronavirus pandemic, positive cases having notably forced the Florida University Gators to temporarily suspend their team activities on Tuesday.
The institution made the decision after five new cases of COVID-19 were detected within the team during the day, according to the daily Orlando sentinel. Previously, one person tested positive for the Gators last week.
They must face the Louisiana State Tigers this weekend, but the outcome of the meeting remains uncertain. The situation was to be reassessed on Wednesday.
“Our head coach Dan Mullen communicated with the players and their parents. I spoke with the Southeastern Conference office [SEC], our rivals from last week, Texas A&M, as well as our next opponents, LSU, ”Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement.
Elsewhere in the SEC, the Vanderbilt-Missouri duel scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to December 12. COVID-19 also struck other university formations in the United States, among others the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame which had in the last days of September almost 40 players in isolation. However, the 284 tests carried out last week in their ranks were all negative, according to what the doctor of this university, Dr. Matt Leiszler, indicated to the magazine “Sports Illustrated”.