SEC continues with wait-and-see approach to fall sports

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

 SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said he had a productive meeting with the league’s 14 athletic directors Monday in Birmingham, but that any decisions regarding the 2020 football season, and the other fall sports, remain on hold until later this month.

 “It is clear that current circumstances related to COVID-19 must improve and we will continue to closely monitor developments around the virus on a daily basis,” Sankey said. “In the coming weeks we will continue to meet regularly with campus leaders via video conferences and gather relevant information while guided by medical advisors. We believe that late July will provide the best clarity for making the important decisions ahead of us.”

 Sankey said later on the Paul Finebaum Show that  the league has more time to make better decisions about the season, but that time is starting to run short. What happens over the next few weeks will ultimately determine whether or not there will be a SEC football season this fall, he said.

 “One thing one of our faculty members said in April is take as long as you can to make major decisions because you will have better information,” Sankey said. “My comments over the weekend (on radio about not feeling positive about the season) are an indication that the (Covid-19) trends are not what we desired, not what we had experienced a bit earlier this summer. They’re very much in the wrong direction. That’s problematic.

 “That doesn’t mean that’s the finish line, that things will never change. And so, what we’ve identified is an opportunity in late July for an important check-in to see what our public health reality is.”

 Sankey said there is no set date to make a decision on the fate of the season.

 “Not that I would specify,” he said. “We’re going to be patient.”

 Sankey said the SEC is closely monitoring the professional sports that have reopened and those that are set to reopen in the coming days to see how things are handled and how they play out.

 “We saw Major League Soccer come back this weekend,” he said. “I’ve read their protocols. Major League Baseball is active, set to open July 23. We’ve read their protocols. A NASCAR race Wednesday is in what was a football stadium in Bristol, Tenn., with 30,000 fans in attendance. All of those are rare important learning opportunities.”

 While the SEC is holding off on any decisions about the football season, the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week that their schedule will consist of conference games only.

 The SEC has not reached that point, Sankey said.

 “We are not at that destination,” he said. “A number of our colleague conferences are not at that destination. The Big Ten made its decision. We have no common games with the Big Ten this year, so the impact of their decision is indirect.

 “We did have two games with the Pac-12 — the USC-Alabama game and Colorado and Texas A&M. We’ve had minimal direct impact on our schedule.”

 Although the cases of COVID-19 have spiked dramatically in the SEC region, Sankey said the league will remain patient and see where the trend is a few weeks from now.

 “Plenty of people can say you should say it’s not going to happen, make predictions,” he said. “I go back to (New York) Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo in June, who said, ‘I’m done with predictions. I’m done with the models. We’re going to take a look at the facts.’ And that’s what we’ve been doing diligently for months and will do for the next few weeks.

 “That’s the beauty of time. It’s an asset. It’s slipping away. It’s rapidly slipping away. From a metric standpoint, we’ve talked about what are the right evaluative tools. Our campuses are doing the same.

 “The fact that we’ve seen increasing cases over the past few weeks across our region is not a positive indicator.”



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    • You’re all being lead to the slaughter, and to the Mark of the Beast. May Christ be merciful upon you and bless you with the fear of YHWH (God), that you may humble yourselves before Him, confess your sins (transgression of the 10 Commandments), forsake them, and beg Him to forgive you based on the propitiatory sacrifice of Christ (The Word made flesh) on the cross, and His atoning blood shed to pay YOUR death penalty, so you may be saved.

  2. Young people simply aren’t showing symptoms, this is not dangerous to them. Shutting down our societies healthy activities like teams sports is TERRIBLE for young men. What on earth is the SEC thinking, with the health rates for kids running so normal?

    0-4……0.0094 %
    5-17…..0.0044 %
    18-49…..0.0667 %
    50-64…..0.161 %

  3. When we see the same people 1) claiming “case count” is paramount, when case count was predicted to climb to 65% from the very beginning, 2) ignoring worst practice examples in NY, or NJ….the terribly performing democrat states, and 3) ignoring best practice examples in Taiwan (7 deaths!), Japan, and Singapore with no mandatory lockdowns……Why then, the ignorers of the worst practices and best practices should not be trusted.

    • And your ”reality” is different? COMMIES from CHINA already DESTROYED THE NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNEY’s, and now their VIRUS (flights outta Wuhan allowed internationally, but NOT domestically… look it up!). And now the CHINA VIRUS is about to END COLLEGE FOOTBALL for 2020. Where do you live? ‘Cause I am LIVING IN THE DAMN ”TWILIGHT ZONE” …sadly.

    • David, I wrote something that made perfect sense to many others. This is how liberals argue: They’re smart, so they pick the weakest comment, or dumb down the best comment, then attack the strawman they’ve chose as a fake claim. Speak something to the scarcity of sickness among the young, and why kids should be stopped from playing if they aren’t getting sick very often. Multiple countries have much better results, and the democrats are simply laughing at the claims, and denying how terrible Cuomo did in NY. The pattern of denying successes and ignoring failures are very unsavory behaviors from the “party of health care.” People interested in result don’t both ignore success and hide failure – we’re dealing with corruption and lies.

  4. In modern society, we are all connected with only six degrees of separation. This particular virus is transmitted at a rapid chain reaction rate. From young to old, from Wuhan to Warsaw to Washington, from me and my family to you and your families, and everywhere in between, we are all connected. We can only attempt to slow the connectivity and transmission but that requires people to do their part. The challenge facing this nation is overcoming the reluctance of a large segment of the population.