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Tennessee extends COVID shutdown; first game Dec. 12

How about an update on our neighbors to the south? Yesterday, Tennessee canceled the Volunteer Classic, its season-opening three-team event, after multiple Tier 1 personnel, including head coach Rick Barnes, tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time, the Vols hoped they would be able to return to the court in time for next week’s Jimmy V Classic in Indianapolis, but that is not the case.

This afternoon, Tennessee announced it is extending its shutdown and is aiming to return to practice on December 5 to be ready for a December 12 game vs. Cincinnati in Thompson-Boling Arena. According to the release, Barnes (who is 66 years old) has mild symptoms but “is generally feeling well.”

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.

If you’re keeping track at home, three SEC teams are currently shut down: Florida, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. According to Jon Rothstein, over 35 programs across the country have suspended activities.

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5 Comments for Tennessee extends COVID shutdown; first game Dec. 12

  1. bigblue98
    3:11 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    It is absolutely stupid to shut every program down for two weeks because one person gets Covid. They don’t do it for football, so why basketball. At this rate they will never play. Someone (player, coach, manager, trainer) will get and then two weeks (four games) have to be canceled. If they think they’re gonna play a tournament in April with these restrictions then they’re morons. Make basketball like football – person has to sit out who is infected or part of contact tracing, but rest play. If team gets below 7 or 8 healthy players then cancel that game.

    • sharpshooter81
      4:13 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      Couldn’t agree more. I said this yesterday that at this stupid rate you might as well cancel the season because someone associated with the team will test positive. For the love of God I don’t when people are going to realize you can’t shut things down all the time because you are just delaying the inevitable that most people are going to get the virus. You can’t hide from it. Just learn to live with it because it’s here for the long term.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:10 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      I agree.

  2. mashman 93
    3:37 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    Look out they’re coming after you now bigblue98.

  3. Lip Man 1
    11:33 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    Just goes to show everyone they shouldn’t playing at all in the first place. This will be a disaster and make the season a total farce.