The Tennessee football program has paused all team activities less than a week before spring practice is scheduled to begin, UT announced Wednesday morning. Its recent rounds of COVID-19 surveillance testing revealed multiple positive tests among staff members and student-athletes.
“Upon learning of the positive results, the staff members and student-athletes immediately self-isolated and are taking the appropriate safety measures in accordance with university, CDC and local health department guidelines,” Tennessee said in a press release.
The Josh Heupel era was set to begin on Tuesday with practice No. 1 of spring football. At this moment, spring practice is still scheduled to start on time, as Tennessee will be able to open back up on Monday if it has no further issues. Tuesday will mark the beginning of a five-week span of practice leading up to the spring game on April 24.
In addition, Tennessee’s Pro Day is still scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 25 as future NFL Vols showcase their skills in front of scouts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no in-person NFL Combine was held in February. The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 29-May 1.