Word leaked out about this yesterday, but the SEC just announced its policies and parameters for cancelling and rescheduling games, a topic that seems especially timely considering tomorrow’s Baylor-Houston game was just called off.
As Pete Thamel reported, the SEC has established a game day roster minimum of 53 scholarship players, including seven (7) offensive linemen (which includes one center), one (1) quarterback and four (4) defensive linemen. The impacted institution has the option to play the game with fewer than the 53 scholarship players or fewer than the minimum number of position players listed above if it elects to do so. Otherwise, upon approval by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, the game would be rescheduled or declared a no contest.
Additionally, if a school has compelling reasons why it can’t play regardless of the roster minimums, they can request the game be rescheduled or considered a no-contest by presenting data (including total number of players not available to participate) outlining reasons why the game should not be played as scheduled. The final decision to reschedule or declare the game a no contest will be made by Commissioner Sankey.
The Big 12 also has a 53-man roster minimum for this season, which Baylor reportedly could not meet for tomorrow’s game vs. Houston, the 15th contest so far this season that’s been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus and contact tracing protocols.
We’re only a week away from kickoff of the SEC schedule. With these new roster minimums in place, do you think any Week 1 games will have to be postponed?