WOAY – Due to positive COVID-19 cases within the program, Tennessee has ended all football-related activities and dropped out of playing in the Liberty Bowl against West Virginia.
Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt confirmed he tested positive.
Shortly after reports surfaced, Tennessee released the following statement:
“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 update leaves West Virginia without a bowl game opponent. Notably, 9-2 Army was not selected to a bowl, as a result of multiple schools opting out.