Updated: Jun 26
As things are beginning to return to some semblance of normal for the Florida Gators athletic program, news is being made across all sports. We've gathered the biggest pieces of news from the past week here for you in once place.
11 Gator Athletes Test Positive for COVID-19
As part of the return program to campus, each athlete is tested multiple times for the coronavirus COVID-19, as well as those still at home. So far, 11 athletes have tested positive for the pandemic caused illness. The news was first reported by Sports Illustrated—AllGators. The 11 positive cases date back all spring and include three football players. Two of those players tested positive while at home and have not yet returned to campus. The third football player was found to be positive during the round of testing upon return to campus. With multiple schools across the country reporting double digit positive cases on their football teams, Florida has positioned themselves well to keep positive cases down and manage those that do rise.
“We’re fully prepared that we’re going to have a positive and we’re going to have to isolate that individual and also go through the state department of health tracing program," said associate athletic director of sports health Stacey Higgins earlier this month while speaking with local media.
"If it gets to be too many, that’s where the UF Health people will help us with that process.”
Bradley Beal Funds Fuel Bar in His Name for Gators Basketball, Golf and Tennis Teams
Former Gator basketball and current NBA star Bradley Beal has given back to his alma mater. A denotation to Gator Boosters will fund a fuel bar that will bare his name in the weight room. The fuel bar will service the men and women's basketball teams as well as golf and tennis.
"Bradley has been a proud Gator for many years now and is someone we can count on to show up and support our men's basketball team whenever he has the opportunity," Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said.
"We're incredibly grateful for his willingness to also support our basketball programs financially with this enhancement to their practice facility, and are proud of the examples set by former student athletes who give back to the program."
With Beal's donation, UF announces they have received monetary gifts in the past year from current players in the NBA, the NFL (Indianapolis tight end Trey Burton) and MLB (Atlanta pitcher Darren O'Day). The three will now all have a named space in UF athletic facilities.
Brad Culpepper Named to 2021 HOF Ballot
Former Florida defensive tackle Brad Culpepper has been named to the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame for the second year in a row. Culpepper was a 1991 consensus First Team All-American and recipient of the NFF Campbell Trophy® as the nation's top scholar-athlete. He was also a two-time All-SEC selection who helped lead the Gators to their first-ever SEC title in 1991. Culpepper ranks sixth all-time at Florida with 47.5 career TFL, a school record among defensive lineman. Voting for the Hall of Fame closes July 7.