It’s almost basketball time in Tennessee, and men’s basketball head coach Rick Barnes met with the media on Monday to discuss his team’s status as they head into the regular season opener on Tuesday.
The Vols will host UNC-Asheville on Tuesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena to tip-off the 2019-20 season. But things aren’t all sunshine and roses for Tennessee’s basketball program right now.
On Saturday, Tennessee announced that the NCAA had denied Arizona State transfer Uros Plavsic’s immediate eligibility waiver. Tennessee had already filed for one appeal, and the NCAA had rejected that as well. Barnes said earlier on Monday that UT will be trying another appeals process to try and get Plavsic eligible, and he discussed that during his media availability on Monday, too.
Here’s everything Barnes had to say about Plavsic, Tennessee’s season opener, and more.