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'Full warning': Older basketball coaches at work in pandemic


December 9, 2020

Rick Barnes thought he was in the clear early in his bout with COVID-19.

The Tennessee coach should have known better, given his texts with Tom Izzo, his Michigan State counterpart who also went through it. About a week into his quarantine, Barnes lost his appetite and started feeling lethargic.

Just like Izzo said.

"He gave me full warning," said Barnes, who is 66 and has been a head coach the past 33 years. "He texted me almost every day — just don't be surprised when this stuff happens. And I would tell you, it probably took me 12 days to where I felt really good."

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