Tennessee announces basketball shutdown has been extended, team won't travel for Jimmy V Classic
Tough news to share from Rocky Top.
Tennessee’s much-anticipated upcoming matchup against Gonzaga has been canceled as well as a matchup against Notre Dame following the current COVID outbreak in Knoxville.
If you missed it, the Volunteer basketball program has been put on pause this week as Rick Barnes tested positive for COVID. Tennessee was scheduled to start the season this week but the first two games of the season have already been canceled following news of Barnes’ positive test.
Here is the release issued by Tennessee on Tuesday:
After receiving Monday’s COVID-19 test results, the Tennessee men’s basketball program is extending its pause on team activities.
The Volunteers will not travel to Indianapolis for next week’s Jimmy V Classic, where they were scheduled to face top-ranked Gonzaga. Tennessee also will not play at Notre Dame on Dec. 4—a game that had been reported but was never officially announced due to the contract not yet being finalized.
Barring additional setbacks, the program aims to return to action on Saturday, Dec. 5, with its first game currently set for Dec. 12 against Cincinnati at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Head coach Rick Barnes, who has been diagnosed with the virus and is in isolation at his home, is experiencing very mild symptoms but is generally feeling well.