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.
BREAKING: After having 0️⃣ football players test positive in the first round of testing during June, Tennessee’s post July 4th testing has revealed that multiple student athletes across multiple sports (including football) have tested positive for COVID-19.https://t.co/4kfvLyBDKC— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) July 15, 2020
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.
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.