Tennessee pauses activities due to COVID-19

Tennessee pauses men's basketball activities

Tennessee Volunteers pause activities, Rick Barnes tests positive for coronavirus

"You can't get bent out of shape if someone calls and says "We can't play, ' or 'We've gotta stop", or other teams in our league have to stop, and that changes your schedule", VCU head coach Mike Rhoades said.

The Volunteers are scheduled to open their 2020-21 campaign Wednesday against Charlotte.

The rising number of college basketball games canceled by COVID-19 issues reached Gonzaga when Tennessee announced it will not travel to Indianapolis for a December 2 date with the top-ranked Zags. NCAA basketball guidelines recommend 14-day quarantines for Tier 1 personnel if any Tier 1 individual within a team tests positive. Hall of Famers Jim Boeheim and Tom Izzo as well as Baylor bench boss Scott Drew have all recently announced they've contracted COVID-19. Tennessee has had multiple positive tests, including coach Rick Barnes, who is in isolation at home experiencing "very mild symptoms but is generally feeling well", according to a school release. Ole Miss paused team activities earlier on Monday, while Duke's season opener against Gardner-Webb has been postponed due to positive tests in Gardner-Webb's program.

Tennessee, which is ranked No. 12 in the preseason AP Top 25, is now one of around 40 teams to pause team activities in the past couple of weeks.

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