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SEC Athletic Directors to meet Monday to discuss fall sports

Will the SEC follow the Big Ten’s lead and move to a conference-only schedule this season? The powers that be are meeting early next week to talk it out.

According to Sports Illustrated, SEC athletic directors will meet at the league offices in Birmingham on Monday to discuss fall sports. The meeting has been planned for weeks and is not in response to the Big Ten’s announcement this afternoon, but SI reports that Commissioner Greg Sankey aims to gather “candid, in-person feedback from each athletic director about how they believe the conference should proceed with fall sports—especially football.”

Significant decisions, like if we will have fall sports and when, are not expected; previously, Commissioner Sankey has said he anticipates making that call in late July. That being said, a conference-only schedule will surely be on the agenda. For reference, here are all the games that could go away, via The Advocate:

WEEK 1 (Sept. 3-5)

  • Eastern Michigan (MAC) at Kentucky
  • UT-San Antonio (CUSA) at LSU
  • Alabama at Southern California (Pac-12)
  • Nevada (MWC) at Arkansas
  • Alcorn State (SWAC) at Auburn
  • Eastern Washington (Big Sky) at Florida
  • New Mexico (MWC) at Mississippi State
  • Central Arkansas (Southland) at Missouri
  • Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt) at South Carolina
  • Charlotte (CUSA) at Tennessee
  • Abilene Christian (Southland) at Texas A&M
  • Mercer (Southern) at Vanderbilt
  • Ole Miss at Baylor (Big 12)
  • Georgia at Virginia (ACC)

WEEK 2 (Sept. 12)

  • Auburn at North Carolina (ACC)
  • E. Tennessee State (Southern) at Florida
  • Texas (Big 12) at LSU
  • SE Missouri State (OVC) at Ole Miss
  • Mississippi State at N.C. State (ACC)
  • East Carolina (AAC) at South Carolina
  • Tennessee at Oklahoma (Big 12)
  • N. Texas (CUSA) at Texas A&M
  • Georgia State (Sun Belt) at Alabama
  • Arkansas at Notre Dame (IND.)

WEEK 3 (Sept. 19)

  • South Alabama (Sun Belt) at Florida
  • Kent State (MAC) at Kentucky
  • Furman (Southern) at Tennessee
  • Colorado (Pac-12) at Texas A&M
  • Vanderbilt at Kansas State (Big 12)
  • LSU at Rice (CUSA)

WEEK 4 (Sept. 26)

  • Kent State (MAC) at Alabama
  • Southern Miss (CUSA) at Auburn
  • UL Monroe (Sun Belt) at Georgia
  • Tulane (AAC) at Mississippi State
  • Eastern Michigan (MAC) at Missouri
  • Colorado State (MWC) at Vanderbilt

WEEK 5 (Oct. 3)

  • Charleston Southern (Big South) at Arkansas
  • Nicholls State (Southland) at LSU

WEEK 6 (Oct. 10)

  • Eastern Illinois (OVC) at Kentucky
  • Missouri at BYU (IND.)
  • Fresno State (MWC) at Texas A&M

WEEK 7 (Oct. 17)

  • None

WEEK 8 (Oct. 24)

  • UConn (AAC) at Ole Miss

WEEK 9 (Oct. 31)

  • None

WEEK 10 (Nov. 7)

  • None

WEEK 11 (Nov. 14)

  • UT Martin (OVC) at Alabama
  • UMass (ACC) at Auburn

WEEK 12 (Nov. 21)

  • UL Monroe (Sun Belt) at Arkansas
  • New Mexico State (IND.) at Florida
  • Georgia Southern (Sun Belt) at Ole Miss
  • Alabama A&M (SWAC) at Mississippi State
  • UL-Lafayette (Sun Belt) at Missouri
  • Wofford (Southern) at South Carolina
  • Troy (Sun Belt) at Tennessee
  • Louisiana Tech (CUSA) at Vanderbilt

WEEK 13 (Nov. 26-28)

  • Georgia Tech at Georgia (ACC)
  • Kentucky at Louisville (ACC)
  • South Carolina at Clemson (ACC)
  • Florida at Florida State (ACC)

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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3 Comments for SEC Athletic Directors to meet Monday to discuss fall sports

  1. Headhurts
    9:53 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Wait for a vaccine hopefully by years end then go from there, all these abbreviated season ideas are BS, quit chasing the all mighty dollar be patient and push back sports until then.

    • sharpshooter81
      11:01 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

      But what happens if a vaccine isn’t developed by January 2021? Or by fall 2021 and the virus spikes again like now? What then? Cancel one season or maybe multiple ones and lose 100’s of millions of dollars in revenue for the athletic budget? If that happens, most universities will most likely have to get rid of most non-revenue sports because the money isn’t there to fund them. Don’t think that will happen? It already has, beginning at Stanford. You don’t want it to be about money, but the simple fact it is and decisions will revolve around money

      Listen, I want these kids to be safe & healthy, but they are currently in one of the lowest age groups that are affected by the virus and the ones that do get it typically don’t even know they have it or have mild symptoms and recover quickly. Life, economy, and sports has to go on now because there is no guarantee a vaccine will be developed and the virus could potentially be here for the foreseeable future.

  2. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    10:21 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    If it goes to conference games only, teams won’t be able to pad wins against trash teams. We will get a real look at how good or a bad teams really are. And we won’t get our usual 8 home games, lol.