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Report: Tennessee football has first positive COVID-19 cases

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The inevitable has happened.

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After spikes in positive cases all across the country, Tennessee football has officially been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Austin Price of VolQuest.com reports that Tennessee saw multiple positive cases across multiple sports after its post July 4th testing sessions.

Tennessee football had steered clear of any positive tests to this point, a minor miracle considering the number of positive cases that we’ve seen in other programs around the country.

Tennessee basketball saw two positive cases last month.

The football team welcomed players back to campus in early June for voluntary workouts. During that first round of testing, only one member of the football staff tested positive for the virus. That turned out to be a graduate-assistant.

The college football season remains in limbo because of situations just like this. We saw Clemson reveal 37 total cases back in June, while Oklahoma State is now up to 14 total cases.

Tennessee is set to open their season against Charlotte on September 5th. That non-conference date is in real jeopardy after the Big Ten opted to play only in-conference matchups for the 2020 season. Will other conferences do the same? The SEC is holding out until later this month to make the call. Tennessee’s other non-conference opponents include Oklahoma, Furman and Troy.