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UT basketball coach Rick Barnes among program’s positive COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 14:02:28-05

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Multiple people within the Tennessee men’s basketball program have tested positive for COVID-19, including head coach Rick Barnes. The program has now paused all team activities.

The team confirmed Monday that “multiple positive COVID-19 test results among its Tier 1 personnel” had been reported. That includes coaches, student athletes, team managers and support staff.

The program says, in accordance with SEC and NCAA guidelines, it conducts routine testing three times a week. The positive tests were conducted Sunday and the program is getting retested today.

The team says Barnes has entered isolation protocol. They say an update on this week’s Volunteer Classic games would be provided by Tuesday. The Vols were scheduled to open their season on Wednesday against Charlotte.

Last week, Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer revealed that he had also tested positive for the virus.