Everyone involved expects college football to happen in some form or fashion this fall, but the actual concept is still a work in progress.
During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show this past Monday, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said that the fate of the upcoming college football season will be known by the end of July.
“I think that’s probably a late-July time period. My thinking has shifted a bit,” Sankey said in regards to making a decision on the upcoming college football season. “We started June 8 after a two-week oversight, diagnostic medical exam period for these voluntary activities. We’ll have three or four weeks — on the 13th of July is when a little bit more practice can begin. I think we deserve the chance to see how that progresses. I would say before we get into full-blown practice, you’re going to be in that decision-making process as it relates to what happens on Labor Day weekend, which is the scheduled start of the season.”
You can watch Sankey’s entire segment below.
As for his personal feelings, Sankey expressed confidence that the season would happen.
“I think we do at this point,” Sankey said about going forward with football this fall. “I think we’ve laid a foundation to make it possible. That’s the responsibility right now. The reality is, we’re learning something every day.”
The majority of colleges have slowly begun to phase back in college football student-athletes–the University of Kentucky included–which will continue throughout the summer. Sankey later said that he is focusing “on the preparation” and that the SEC needs to plan to alter course in the event that circumstances change.
Sankey’s words are only relevant to the Southeastern Conference, but it could set a minor precedent for other conferences to follow along. There are multiple SEC programs that are slated for high-profile matchups against other Power-5 schools that could complicate scheduling.
While this is *good* news at the moment, Sankey did leave the door open for new information to persuade decision-making. Looks like we’re just going to have to keep waiting.