SEC Media Days were originally scheduled to take place July 13-16 in Atlanta until the league decided to hold them virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. With continued uncertainty surrounding the college football season and cases on the rise nationwide, the league is holding off on setting a date for the event, which is considered to be the unofficial kickoff to the preseason. AL.com’s John Talty is reporting that it is expected to be pushed back until the last week of July or first week of August.
As of now, the NCAA’s preseason plan calls for summer football activities to begin July 13 with eight hours per week of strength workouts and film study with coaches. Kentucky’s football team returned to campus in stages over the past month for screening and voluntary workouts, with six of the 106 athletes testing positive for a past COVID-19 infection through antibody testing. They have since been cleared to return to voluntary workouts.
Jim Madaleno, UK’s head trainer, and Dr. Robert Hosey will detail Kentucky’s screening process in an episode of BBN Live this afternoon. I’ll be watching to see if there’s any further clarification as to why UK chose to do antibody testing instead of the traditional nasal swab used to detect active COVID-19 cases.