After a COVID-19 outbreak within the Tennessee basketball program, the ‘Volunteer Classic’ has officially been canceled. The announcement was made this afternoon.
This week's Volunteer Classic MTE has been canceled due to COVID-19 contact tracing.https://t.co/0iHxnnrBjg— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) November 23, 2020
“After consultation with the Knox County Health Department, Tennessee has announced that its men’s basketball games against Charlotte and VCU, scheduled for Wednesday and Friday, respectively, have been canceled due to COVID-19 contact tracing,” Tennessee said in a release.
“Earlier Monday, the Tennessee program paused all team activities following multiple positive COVID-19 test results among its Tier 1 personnel, which consists of coaches, student-athletes, team managers and support staff. The positive test results were detected during routine COVID-19 surveillance testing, which is conducted three times a week in accordance with NCAA and SEC guidelines.”
The multi-team event was created by Tennessee to supplement to loss of the Charleston Classic, an early season tournament that was going to give the Volunteers several non-conference matchups to warm up with. VCU and Charlotte were the other two teams set to play in the event.
Rick Barnes is one of the members of the staff that tested positive for COVID, Tennessee confirmed on Monday morning.
Tennessee’s first scheduled game now is a large one — a date with No. 1 Gonzaga in Indianapolis on December 2nd. It remains to be seen if the Volunteers will be able to play in that matchup.
The next scheduled game for the Volunteers is on December 12th in Knoxville against Cincinnati.