NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Florida’s 2020 SEC Basketball Tournament ended before it started.
The league canceled the tournament Thursday about an hour after a conference call among the commissioners of the major conferences. The decision was based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus.
The Florida team, which came to Nashville on Wednesday, was eating its pregame meal at the team hotel when Florida coach Mike White announced to the team the tournament was canceled.
The league on Wednesday announced that the games at Bridgestone Arena would be played in front of family members, essential personnel and media.
But there was still another news cycle to deal with and as more stories came out, the league pulled the plug.
The Gators were scheduled to play Georgia at about 3:30 p.m. today.
From the SEC release:
“We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our student-athletes and coaches who have been preparing all season to compete in this event as well as viewers at home,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “While this was not an easy decision, the health and well-being of our entire SEC community is of paramount importance.”
The SEC’s regular season champion, the University of Kentucky, will be awarded the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The SEC will provide additional updates on other scheduled SEC championship events as they become available. The SEC reminds everyone to be attentive to everyday preventive actions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov).