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Second Tennessee basketball player tests positive for COVID-19

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Not looking good with the B-Ball Team

A second Tennessee basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tennessee sports information director Tom Satkowiak. The Knoxville News Sentinel initially reported the second case.

The basketball program on Friday afternoon reported the first positive test, following the players reporting to campus on June 15. The identity was not released for either player.

So far the basketball players are the only two positive tests since players began returning to campus two weeks ago. Over 90 football players began reporting June 8, with the only positive test being a graduate-assistant staff member.


Both basketball players went into quarantine following the positive tests.

“After testing several domestic members of our men’s and women’s basketball teams, one male student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19,” Satkowiak said in a statement Friday afternoon, reporting the first positive case. “With a plan already in place, our Sports Medicine staff immediately activated isolation and contact-tracing protocol in collaboration with the Knox County Health Department.

“We are encouraged by this affirmation that our procedures work.”

The Vols are still awaiting the international return of guard Santiago Vescovi, from Uruguay, and center Uros Plavsic, from Serbia.

With students returning to campus, University of Tennessee housing provides rooms for self-isolation, according to the school:

“In consultation with health experts, University Housing is holding rooms open to serve as isolation housing for residential students who test positive for COVID-19 and those who need to self-isolate due to potential exposure. Students who need to self-isolate will be provided with contact information from University Housing.”

Football coach Jeremy Pruitt said Thursday during a Zoom call with reporters that no players have tested positive for COVID-19 since initially returning to campus on June 8.

While on campus, Tennessee athletes are following social distance guidelines when possible, wearing masks while inside campus facilities and are working out in smaller groups while locker rooms remain closed, in efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

Tennessee basketball players were sent home on March 12, after the spreading coronavirus cancelled the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville roughly an hour before the Vols were set to face Alabama.



A second Tennessee basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tennessee sports information director Tom Satkowiak. The basketball program on


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