As student-athletes across the country begin settling back onto campus and working out with their teammates, COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing. Now, the University of Florida has become the latest school to see a spike in the coronavirus.
Following a report from Sports Illustrated’s Zach Goodall that 11 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19, the University of Florida confirmed it.
UF confirms that dating back to April, the Gators have had 11 student-athletes test positive for COVID-19.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) June 23, 2020
On June 9, over a week after the NCAA allowed student-athletes to return for voluntary workouts, the Gators said none of their football players tested positive. However, with players now training together, the coronavirus is quickly spreading in a state that is now reporting more than 100,000 total cases.
The NCAA voted in May to lift its moratorium on voluntary athletic activities beginning on June 1. While it represented a significant step toward collegiate sports this fall, it led to a series of outbreaks at major programs.
There still seems to be plenty of hope for a college football season in 2020, but there is likely less optimism than a month ago. Even if teams are allowed in the stadiums, though, it’s far from a guarantee that fans will be allowed in.