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Tennessee Vols Football stops team activities due to COVID-19, will not take part in AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Statement From Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – “After receiving Sunday’s COVID-19 test results, the University of Tennessee football program has paused all team activities and will be unable to compete in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The test results revealed an increase in positive cases among student-athletes and staff and subsequent contact tracing.”

“The decision was made in consultation with health officials, the Southeastern Conference and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The student-athletes and staff affected are taking the appropriate safety measures in accordance with University, CDC and local health department guidelines. ”

Tennessee Football Pauses Team Activities, Completes 2020 Season. (UT Athletics)
Tennessee Football Pauses Team Activities, Completes 2020 Season. (UT Athletics)

“The University of Tennessee extends its sincere appreciation to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the city of Memphis and is disappointed it will not be able to fulfill its commitment on New Year’s Eve.”

Statement From Tennessee Head Football Coach Jeremy Pruitt

“Earlier today, I was informed by our medical staff that I have tested positive for COVID-19, and I immediately began isolating at home. I am experiencing mild symptoms but doing fine. We are obviously disappointed that we will not be able to play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, but the health and safety of our student-athletes will always remain our top priority.”

“I am especially proud of our team and medical staff in safely navigating through a unique season where we played all 10 of our regular-season games.” 

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