Bleak news hit Tennessee’s athletic department this week.
Multiple school athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 after post-Fourth of July testing, according to reports from several outlets Wednesday. Volquest was the first to report the news.
Athletes who tested positive span multiple sports, per the reports.
No Vols football players, and only one staff member, had previously tested positive in June, while two basketball players tested positive.
The 2020 SEC sports schedule is in a state of uncertainty as schools grapple with the COVID-19 crisis. Conference athletic directors, including Tennessee’s Phillip Fulmer, met in Birmingham, Alabama, on Monday to discuss the situation.
Tuesday, the SEC officially pushed back the beginning of conference volleyball, soccer and cross country seasons until Aug. 31, a date that could be moved back even further.
Andreno, Moseley nominees for award
Two Tennessee athletes are in the running for an NCAA honor.
Volleyball player Alyssa Andreno and swimmer Stanzi Moseley were among 605 female athletes to have been nominated for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The award honors graduating female athletes who are distinguished both in their respective sports and in their academic and service work.
After conferences choose two nominees from their member pool, the Woman of the Year selection committee will select a Top 30 list. Three honorees from each NCAA division will be chosen from the Top 30 as finalists.
The 2020 Woman of the Year will then be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, with the winner to be announced this fall.
Athletes earn academic honors
A record 88 Tennessee freshman athletes notched a spot on the 2019-20 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll.
It’s the most Tennessee players to make the list in a single year, and a 29-athlete improvement over last year’s 59. Also, the school saw its total number of athletes in 2019-20 honor rolls raised to 315, its highest mark ever.
Included on the First-Year Honor Roll are football standout Eric Gray, men’s basketball’s Uros Plavsic and Josiah-Jordan James, and women’s basketball’s Jordan Horston. Six total football players, six men’s basketball players and three women’s basketball players made the list.
Sixteen baseball players were featured on the First-Year Honor Roll, the most of any Tennessee sport.