Yesterday, there were reports that the ACC would follow the Big Ten’s lead and move to a conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. That may still happen, but today, ACC Commissioner John Swofford issued a release saying that the conference’s final decision on fall sports won’t come until late July.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators remains the ACC’s top priority. As we continue to work on the best possible path forward for the return of competition, we will do so in a way that appropriately coincides with our universities’ academic missions. Over the last few months, our conference has prepared numerous scenarios related to the fall athletics season. The league membership and our medical advisory group will make every effort to be as prepared as possible during these unprecedented times, and we anticipate a decision by our Board of Directors in late July.”
Late July is the same time frame SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has given for the SEC’s decision. On Monday, SEC athletic directors will meet at the league office in Birmingham to discuss fall sports, although no final decision is expected.
After the chaos of yesterday afternoon, it’s time to go back to sitting, waiting, and wishing.