The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has altered the sports world in a way that we’ve never seen before.

Not only did sports come to a complete halt for several months, when they did eventually return, things looked much different than they did pre-pandemic.

No fans, masks for everyone not playing. Announcers, at times, not on site. Reduced travel. Bubbles. It’s all part of a new normal that hopefully won’t be normal for long.

Even though things are weird, at least sports are returning. And the hope is that SEC football will happen this fall.

Silver linings during a pandemic

It’s not easy to find a silver lining for the Tennessee Vols during the pandemic.

Surprisingly, though, there’s one positive for UT that’s arisen over the last several months.

The pandemic has strengthened the Vols’ chances of holding on to five-star linebacker Terrence Lewis.

Lewis, who is from Miami, committed to Tennessee in late April. Other programs, of course, haven’t stopped pursuing the elite linebacker.

But due to the pandemic, Lewis hasn’t been able to take visits to other programs (Mississippi State and LSU are hoping to get him on campus in the near future). There’s no indication that visits will be allowed this fall (it seems doubtful).

And if Lewis can’t take other visits, it seems unlikely he’ll flip from Tennessee.

For now, it’s unclear how the singing period will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s certainly possible that the NCAA chooses to push the early signing period back. That would likely affect the date of national signing day in 2021 as well. As with most things with the NCAA, no one knows what they’ll choose to do.

Either way, I like the Vols’ odds of hanging on to Lewis better now than I did a couple of months ago.

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