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Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday that Volunteers players have yet to test positive for coronavirus since reporting to campus early last month.

There hasn't been a flattening of the curve when it comes to fighting the coronavirus among football players at the University of Tennessee.

That's because there hasn't been any curve at all.

During a Wednesday morning appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Fox Sports Radio, third-year coach Jeremy Pruitt said Tennessee's player count remains at zero when it comes to positive COVID-19 tests. The testing began early last month, when a majority of the Volunteers reported for the June 8 start to voluntary workouts allowed by the Southeastern Conference.

"Our medical staff has done an outstanding job in getting our players back and working a plan through the SEC," Pruitt said. "We've done a nice job of executing the plan, and we continue to do that. Our guys are going out for a three-day weekend this weekend, so they'll have a plan for when they come back.

"We'll get everybody in our program tested and start over."

Pruitt did reveal in early June that a graduate assistant tested positive and was quarantined, but Tennessee's player total is in sharp contrast to five-time reigning Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson's 37 positive tests in June. There also have been several football programs, most notably Boise State and Kansas State, that paused their voluntary workouts due to multiple positive tests.

Pruitt said the frequency of testing in Knoxville moving forward will be determined by the program's medical staff.

He was pressed by Patrick on Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer's optimism that Neyland Stadium will be able to house 100,000 fans for the Sept. 5 opener against Charlotte and in scheduled rivalry games this season against Florida and Alabama. Pruitt's response was understandably measured.

"If they completely open up the stadium, I'm sure there will be 100,000 people there," he said. "There is a lot of time between now and then."

Pruitt said the Vols still have plans to start preseason camp Aug. 7, with the first contact workouts "three or four days after that."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

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