Rick Barnes tests positive for COVID, Tennessee basketball pauses all team activities
Tennessee was scheduled to open its 2020-21 men’s basketball season on Wednesday against Charlotte. Now, that game appears to be in jeopardy of getting canceled/postponed.
On Monday, the Vols announced that they have paused all team activities following multiple people within their program testing positive for COVID-19, including head coach Rick Barnes. Tennessee’s statement shared that Barnes has entered isolation protocol following the positive test, which was conducted Sunday afternoon. There will be retests to come on Monday.
The Vols are scheduled to play eight non-conference games before opening SEC play at Missouri on Dec. 30. One of their noteworthy matchups is a meeting with No. 1 Gonzaga on Dec. 2 at the Jimmy V Classic in their third game of the season.
It’s unclear how soon Tennessee will be able to start its season, although the next rounds of testing could give a better indication of when the team could potentially resume activities.
Last season, the Vols went 17-14 (9-9 in SEC play), and they’re looking to build off that and have better results this year.
Barnes is entering his sixth season at Tennessee, having led it to a 105-64 mark during his time at the helm. He guided the Vols to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2018 and 2019.
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