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SEC ADs meeting right now, SEC Presidents to follow

Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger has been on top of the college football meeting news and right now he is reporting that all of the athletic directors around the SEC are currently on a call to discuss the future of athletics in the conference, namely football. It’s a previously scheduled call, Dellenger notes, to figure out the next step after the Big Ten rocked the football boat with plans of a shutdown over the weekend.

The presidents of each SEC institution will hold their own meeting later this afternoon, also to review the weekend’s developments and what’s next.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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22 Comments for SEC ADs meeting right now, SEC Presidents to follow

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    1:04 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Stand firm boys! (and any female ADs or Prezs). All SEC CFP! All UK has to do is finish 2nd in the east. Haha.

  2. lexslamman
    1:13 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    The right thing is to cancel it. We can’t put our athletes at risk by shuttling them from college town hotspot to college town hotspot the whole fall semester. Hope for better luck in the fall of 2021.

    • BlueBanker18
      1:29 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      What risk? The only risk that 99.99% of college athletes face is a bad cold for a few days. Y’all have been acting like this virus kills everyone it infects since day one when Kentucky has been in the single digits for deaths per day this whole time. The people who have died had a myriad of other health conditions that would have killed them anyways. This virus is not dangerous to the overwhelming majority of people under the age of 65. Quit listening to our fear mongering Governor, get on with your life and let the rest of us get on with ours.

    • Bluebird
      1:32 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Does Jim Harbaugh have any ideas about how to keep players from being exposed when every other student returns to campus? Until all classes go online-only, I don’t see any way that college campuses don’t become Covid jacuzzis. And if students won’t sign waivers (I don’t blame them), I can see why conference heads would be scared to death. Even apart from more altruistic motivations.

    • bbn606
      1:49 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      We can’t put them out there with a chance of getting COVID, but we can put them at risk of getting crippling injuries, brain-damaging concussions, paralyzed, and even getting killed. That really makes a lot of sense.

    • makeitstop
      2:33 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      bbn606 is right – getting a disease that has a near 100% recovery rate for young adults w no comorbidity is less of a risk than they take playing the game in the first place. There are about 250 deaths on the field every year in HS or college, 1/3 traumatic injury. How many deaths have there been nationally of 18-22 year old healthy, no co-morbidity, elite athletes of any sport? I’m guessing (because CNN would have it running on a loop), virtually zero.

    • satcheluk
      5:12 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      You guys are incredibly dense. This is not a clearly definable risk. No matter what you may think you know, it is not. There are too many variables for the decision makers to be able to accurately define and measure the risks. When that happens, the risk management professionals have no choice, but to pull the plug. If they cannot accurately estimate the worst case scenario then their fiduciary responsibility is to remove the risk. I do this for a living. You clearly have no idea how they measure and calculate risk. They have a number that they are comfortable risking, but with this many variables cause the formula to collapse and NO ONE is going to stake their career and professional reputation on a hunch. In my profession, I would lose my licenses if my hunch didn’t pan out, not to mention fines and being sued by clients. Quit being myopic and recognize that there is a lot more that goes into this than snowflakes.

  3. satcheluk
    1:25 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    I see a lot of people complaining about the potential loss of the season. Clearly we all it agree it sucks and no one wants the cancellation. Having said that, you can tell the folks who are experienced in risk management and those who are not. I suppose it’s easy to say play in when you have no skin in the game. They all want to play, but there is a point at which the potential risks outweigh the potential rewards. If you can transfer the risk to an insurance company etc and you can’t afford the worst case scenario, then you pull the plus. This is Risk Management 101. It’s not politics. It’s business and if you can’t understand, then thankfully you aren’t a decision maker for any organization that matters.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:01 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, and it’s business, and life, for the 40 million people the lockdown put out of work. Alcohol consumption and suicides are up. This isn’t just about wanting to see football. I’ve never denied that’s part of it, but it’s not all of it. The networks, the schools, the conferences, the vendors, etc. etc. will all have to lay people off if there’s no football.

    • satcheluk
      3:50 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t disagree that there are ancillary risks, but those are low priority for the decision makers at schools. Depressed fans and furloughed employees can’t sue. Players, coaches and staff can and if the schools decision makers can’t virtually guarantee a safe work environment, then the risk reward scenario swings heavily to don’t play. The plaintiff’s attorney will ask, you saw the data, you knew there was a chance people would die, why did you decide to proceed? Answer: well our fans really wanted us to and we were going to lose a lot of money. Attorney: you have no idea how much money you are getting ready to lose. How much is a life worth Mr Decision maker? Fear of catastrophic loss outweighs the chance to win for most people, especially those who manage large organizations.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      6:27 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, you are unfortunately right that no one seems to care about the amount of unemployment and shuttered businesses that are leading to suicide and depression. And therein lies the problem. “Mr. Decision Maker, I realize there are thousands committing suicide, but YOU are responsible for that ONE athlete that got sick with Covid”. Sad state of affairs.

      Also, “Mr. Decision Maker, you chose to send those athletes out when you KNEW the vaccine was only 50% effective, DIDN’T YOU!!!???”

  4. BigBlueFoo42777
    1:33 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    So should we all not go to work also ? I guess the people who want to play are morons as well.

  5. Rod Crandler
    1:48 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Zero deaths from Covid for ages 10-29 in KY. 23 deaths age 30 – 50.

  6. Bigblueswami
    1:58 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    So when one of these kids actually do die, you gonna just tell there parents, my bad… he had a 99.9% chance to make it? Now put yourself in the shoes of the A.D…… imagine the lawsuit to come from that?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:04 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      How about all the debilitating injuries from playing football that bbn606 mentioned above? Have you seen some of the former NFL players that are prematurely using walkers and the like? How about all the lawsuits concerning brain injuries?

    • makeitstop
      2:35 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Lawsuits? You send kids out to play football in the SEC and you think the liability is going to result from a virus? Dismissed.

    • makeitstop
      2:39 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Gettlefinger and bbn are right on: we have a duty to use reasonable care, and obviously we are doing that. If we give them a leather helmet, and they have head trauma, we get sued. If we put them in a bubble, take reasonable precautions and allow them to opt out and still retain eligibility (looking at you NCAA) then we have met our duty of care. Play ball.

  7. T-Town Cat
    2:00 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    The University Presidents are bringing regular students back to campus. How does playing football result in a greater risk of getting the virus than just being a student walking around campus, going to class, going off-campus, etc!?

  8. makeitstop
    2:42 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Make it the coalition of the willing. You want to play ball, we will let you join us in the exclusive TV deal in our super conference… and everyone will be watching bc it’s the best game on, and people are tuning out the NFL the more histrionics they engage in. We have big bills to pay from loss of revenues and increased expenses for the PPE and precautions, who pays? Tax payers? Tuition payers? Or car companies and beer companies buying ads. I vote for the latter. Anyone else?

  9. BigBluSoTru
    3:52 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    I feel much better if Calipari attends the meeting for Uk instead of Eli .

  10. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    5:10 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    For those who say “Wait for a vaccine”, hear your own, the august, the infallible when speaking ex-cathedra, Dr. Fauci: