NCAA Football: Florida State at Florida

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen smiles with wide receiver Trevon Grimes after the Gators beat Florida State last year.

University of Florida coach Dan Mullen said the Gators expect to open training camp Aug. 7 and kick off the 2020 season on Sept. 5 at home against Eastern Washington.

Things certainly could change at a time when nothing is predictable due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mullen, speaking via videoconference Tuesday, said he sees no alternative but to take a business-as-usual approach despite all the remaining unknowns and potential obstacles to playing football this season.

"I'm trying to focus on with all our guys -- which is really hard to do with everything going on with the pandemic right now -- is worrying about what we can control ... what we know and what we can control," said Mullen, who grew up in Londonderry, N.H., and quarterbacked Trinity High School of Manchester.

"As of right now, we're planning a training camp as normal. We're planning a normal regular season because that's what we can know at this point. I think it's a waste of energy sometimes to speculate on all the different things that can happen.

"What we have to do is be prepared to adjust to whatever does happen."

Whether a surge in positive tests for COVID-19 during the past week, including in Florida, is cause for long-term concern or a byproduct of Memorial Day gatherings remains to be seen.

Last week, university athletic trainers said 80 football players tested negative for the virus, with seven test results pending. Mullen offered no updates, but did say his test came back negative.

"I leave a lot of that up to the medical staff," Mullen said. "I don't want to overstep my bounds on that, but I am proud of the responsibility our guys have had or what they've taken in trying to follow all the social distancing rules that we do, and how to learn.

"I think one great thing as a society right now, we've learned how to better protect ourselves and others in the environment that we're in today, and so I'm proud of our guys for paying attention to that to do that."

Mullen said he is awaiting word from the NCAA on the upcoming schedule. Last week the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee approved a plan allowing a window of activity from July 24 to Aug. 6 that would help players get up to speed after missing spring practices and off-season training due to the coronavirus shutdown.

Athletes can participate in up to 20 hours per week, including six hours of walk-throughs, eight hours of weight training and conditioning, and up to six hours of meetings.

"We've written up our plans for that," Mullen said. "We feel pretty comfortable with what we're doing getting that time, if that does get officially approved the NCAA. Then we'll go to the next part.

"To me at this point I'm looking at it as once August 7 hits everything is back to normal for us because that's the information we have right now."

Mullen said he has not practiced coaching in a mask, but did model a blue one with a Gator logo during the Zoom call with reporters.

"I have my mask right here so when I walk outside my office and down the hallway, I have my little mask on," he said. "Again, we're not going to be on a field, even in a walk-through setting, with our players until July 24, which is approximately six weeks away. So we have to see where we are six weeks from now. So that's something we'll have to consider that week leading into it."