By MARK LONG, AP Sports activities Author
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 10 Florida is planning to begin returning to its soccer facility Monday, practically two weeks after this system shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Coach Dan Mullen, one in every of greater than two dozen Gators who examined optimistic for the coronavirus final week, sounded congested as he stated the crew had a brand new optimistic Wednesday.
“We’re attempting to see now if any new case might have been from the unique unfold on the crew or if these are people sort of not following the sort of the quarantine process or simply going out and getting it on their very own as a result of there’s no soccer occurring proper now,” Mullen stated on the weekly Southeastern Convention coaches name.
Mullen stays remoted at dwelling, dwelling principally in his bed room and adjoining workplace. His spouse and youngsters have examined unfavourable repeatedly, he stated. His spouse, Megan, briefly moved to a different a part of the home.
The Gators (2-1) host Missouri (1-2) on Oct. 31, a sport initially scheduled for this Saturday. LSU-Florida, initially scheduled for final weekend, was postponed till December.
Mullen stated he is involved concerning the prolonged layoff. Assuming Florida is cleared to return and play, it can have gone three weeks between video games.
“We’ll take our time getting guys (again) in,” Mullen stated. “Clearly well being and security has at all times been prime precedence inside our program, so it’s not like Monday we don’t act like we expect nothing’s occurred. We’ll construct again up somewhat bit on Monday into what we’re doing and getting ourselves again on observe and able to go play. I feel our guys have dealt with every little thing to this point this 12 months extraordinarily properly. I anticipate them to deal with this the identical.”
Mullen reiterated what athletic director Scott Stricklin first famous final week: The outbreak has been traced to 2 gamers ignoring signs and getting on a crew aircraft headed to Texas A&M. Each gamers had examined unfavourable the day earlier than the journey.
“I don’t suppose it is one particular side of the journey,” Mullen stated. “I feel it began on the aircraft experience there after which different elements. I feel you bought the origins of, ‘Hey, we expect these one or two guys might need been optimistic getting on the aircraft or might need had it getting on the aircraft.’ I don’t know in the event that they had been optimistic as a result of that they had simply examined unfavourable the day earlier than.
“But it surely sort of began with somewhat little bit of a variety there and also you go into, ’OK, the one man had a roommate on the street, so it unfold to that roommate and you then had a pregame meal the place these folks sat at a desk the place that unfold, and you then had a aircraft experience the place that unfold and somebody’s locker was subsequent to someone.’”
Mullen steered Florida would have a look at doubtlessly altering its street routine, particularly regarding the dimension of visiting locker rooms across the league.
“You’re crammed into this little tiny area on the street,” he stated. “Clearly, that’s one thing we’d have to have a look at, how we make the most of the street locker room transferring ahead. It actually was from the journey, however I don’t suppose it was from one particular side of the journey.
“I feel it simply began on the journey after which there’s plenty of various things that occur on a street sport that clearly put you at the next danger than taking part in a house sport.”
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