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Florida Gators put football activities on hold

The Florida Gators have paused all team activities.
Florida running back Dameon Pierce (27) looks for room to get around Tennessee defensive back Bryce Thompson (20) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Florida running back Dameon Pierce (27) looks for room to get around Tennessee defensive back Bryce Thompson (20) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)(John Raoux | AP)
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 5:02 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB/ WVLT) - Gators football is pausing all team activities due to COVID-19.

“The University of Florida football team has experienced an increase in positive COVID tests among players this week. Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon,” said Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin.

“Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent LSU,” he added. “These circumstances will be re-evaluated by UF Health and the athletic department’s sports medicine staff Wednesday.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the Florida UAA announced five new positive cases.

The Vols are set to face the Gators on December 5.

No word on when the team may return or the future of the matchup with the Vols has been released.

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