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UT basketball coach Rick Barnes tests positive for COVID-19, team activities paused

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MARCH 28: Head coach Rick Barnes of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts after losing to the Purdue Boilermakers in overtime of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at the KFC YUM! Center on March 28, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

University of Tennessee head basketball coach Rick Barnes has tested positive for COVID-19, UT announced Monday.

Barnes has entered isolation protocol. The Tennessee men's basketball team has paused all team activities following multiple COVID-19 test results among its coaches, players, team managers and support staff.

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The positive cases were detected during routine COVID-19 surveillance testing that’s conducted three times a week in accordance with NCAA and SEC guidelines.

The team is getting retested Monday.

The virus cases come as UT prepared for a season-opening game scheduled for Wednesday against Charlotte.



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