MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - New COVID-19 cases within the Tennessee Volunteers’ football program will force the team to drop out of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
ESPN first reported multiple new cases among players and coaches, including head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
The team confirmed the positive tests in a tweet Monday afternoon but did not disclose who tested positive.
“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. 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.”
The Vols were set to take on West Virginia in Memphis Dec. 31.
ESPN reports Army may take over for Tennessee.