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Tennessee coach Barnes tests positive for COVID-19

Field Level Media
24 Nov 2020, 04:40 GMT+10

The Tennessee men's basketball program suspended team activities Monday following multiple positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff, including head coach Rick Barnes.

The No. 12 Volunteers were scheduled to open the season against Charlotte on Wednesday night at the Volunteer Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.

The school issued a statement confirming the tests were conducted Sunday. The players, coaches, managers and support staff will be retested Monday.

"The basketball program is following SEC, local and university public health guidelines to prioritize the health and safety of all student-athletes and staff as well as the campus and local community," the statement said.

The school said an update on the status of the tournament will be provided by Tuesday. Tennessee was scheduled to face VCU on Friday afternoon.

Barnes has entered isolation protocol.

Barnes, 66, is entering his sixth season at Tennessee. The Volunteers were 17-14 in 2019-20 and are 105-64 since he took over the program in 2015-16.

Barnes owns an overall record of 709-378 at Tennessee, Texas (1998-2015), Clemson (1994-98), Providence (1998-94) and George Mason (1987-88).

--Field Level Media

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