Source – Tennessee Volunteers out of Liberty Bowl due to COVID-19 issues –

Source – Tennessee Volunteers out of Liberty Bowl due to COVID-19 issues

Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt and several players and coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, meaning the Autons will be unable to play the Liberty Bowl on December 31 against West Virginia.

Tennessee’s tests were conducted according to SEC protocol on Sunday, and those results were returned Monday morning after Tennessee accepted the invitation. Those players and staff within Tennessee’s program tested positive who retired on Monday to confirm the results. Tennessee also ensured a second round of testing for everyone in the football program on Monday. The combination of positive tests and subsequent contact tracing does not leave Tennessee with enough players or coaches to participate in a bowl game.

The Vols defeated Texas A&M 34-13 on Saturday and finished the regular season with a 3-7 record. Both assistant coaches Derrick Ansley and Jay Graham missed Saturday’s game with issues related to COVID-19, the sources told ESPN.

Tennessee is the first SEC team unable to play in a bowl game due to COVID-19 issues.

Sources told ESPN that the Liberty Bowl or the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl could potentially be a landing spot for the military. The latter would be an option especially to slide into Tennessee’s location in the Mississippi State Liberty Bowl. Army went ahead 9–2, but is not in the bowling game.


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