University of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, several others test positive for COVID-19

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Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes yells instructions to players in the first half against Colgate during a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee’s men’s basketball program has paused all team activities after several people, including head coach Rick Barnes, tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

According to the athletic department, all coaches, student athletes, team managers and support staff undergo coronavirus testing three times a week. On Sunday, some of the tests returned positive results.

Everyone is now getting retested, the university said Monday.

The Volunteers did cancel their first two games of the season against Charlotte and VCU this week but have not ruled out playing in the Jimmy V Classic on December 2nd against number-one Gonzaga.

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