UF suspends football program amid Covid-19 cases
By Andrew Atterbury

The University of Florida temporarily shut down its football program on Tuesday following a spike in positive Covid-19 cases.
Athletic director Scott Stricklin announced the decision, saying that team activities would be paused Tuesday and reevaluated by UF's sports medicine staff Wednesday. Stricklin, in a writen statement, didn't say how many Gators athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus, but noted there was an "increase" in cases.
UF played Texas A&M University on Saturday and is slated to play LSU this week. That game now is in jeopardy over the outbreak.
Context: Gators head coach Dan Mullen told reporters after Saturday's loss that he hoped UF leaders would allow the team to "pack The Swamp" with a stadium crowd of students and fans. UF President W. Kent Fuchs quickly poured water on the idea, tweeting Sunday that the university is "fully and firmly committed" to following Covid-19 health guidelines — including at athletic venues.
College football in Florida was made possible this year in part by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida State University President John Thrasher, who lobbied schools against canceling the season. The games have gone on, but there have been high-profile Covid-19 cases, including Thrasher himself and FSU head football coach Mike Norvell.