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SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey not optimistic about football this fall: “The direct reality is not good.”

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“We are running out of time to correct and get things right.”

Greg Sankey’s words on Saturday morning’s edition of Marty and McGee cast doubt on the likelihood of college football being played this fall. The statement comes on the heels of the Big Ten and Pac-12’s decisions to exclusively play conference games this fall.

“We put a medical advisory group together in early April with the question, ‘What do we have to do to get back to activity?’ and they’ve been a big part of the conversation,” Sankey said. “But the direct reality is not good and the notion that we’ve politicized medical guidance of distancing, and breathing masks, and hand sanitization, ventilation of being outside, being careful where you are in buildings. There’s some very clear advice about — you can’t mitigate and eliminate every risk, but how do you minimize the risk? … We are running out of time to correct and get things right, and as a society we owe it to each other to be as healthy as we can be.”

Sankey will meet in-person with SEC athletic directors on Monday to discuss possible plans to play football this fall. Even though two conferences have previously pulled the trigger to make significant changes to the schedule, Sankey said that will not determine the SEC’s plan of action.

“I don’t feel any pressure because of somebody else’s decisions. We’re trying to make the right decisions for us, for the Southeastern Conference. It does have an impact because I’ve said publicly we’re all linked nationally, so when other people make decisions, yup, there’s an impact, but also we’re going to look at our situation and make a decision that’s appropriate for the Southeastern Conference and most importantly for the health of our student-athletes.”

The SEC is targeting late July to make a final decision on if and how the conference can play college football this fall. During the coronavirus pandemic, things change rapidly. Sankey acknowledged that even though things do not look good right now, it could all change before a decision must be made.

[ESPN]

Article written by Nick Roush

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60 Comments for SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey not optimistic about football this fall: “The direct reality is not good.”



  1. original slappy
    11:35 am July 11, 2020 Permalink

    Anyone surprised by this?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      12:49 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      Nope



  2. lizard king
    11:52 am July 11, 2020 Permalink

    Always said until a vaccine there will be no sports.



    • sharpshooter81
      9:37 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      So answer this for me. What if no vaccine is developed? This year, next year, or the next? And the virus spikes again? Do we keep shutting down sports for multiple seasons if there is no vaccine?



    • 4everUKBlue
      7:29 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Does anyone really believe there will not be a vaccine developed, that Bill Gates and big pharma would miss out on an opportunity to make billions of dollars? At this point sports is the least of our worries.



    • Irish son
      8:38 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      They have been trying to develop an AIDS vaccine for 40 years, so good luck with that



    • 4everUKBlue
      10:28 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      If I were a betting man I’d bet the farm that Bill Gates will make certain there will be a vaccine that probably will do more damage than good.



    • UKgrad80
      11:34 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Someone is obsessed with Bill Gates and falls for all the conspiracy talk he hears. This is why we won’t have sports!



    • 4everUKBlue
      10:31 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Is AIDS even still a thing? I remember hearing it was going to kill millions of people, sure didn’t hurt Magic Johnson.



    • UKgrad80
      11:37 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Wow really how uninformed are you? Yes they have made great strides to make this disease easier to live with. But you still have to be careful as your immune system is very compromised. It’s no longer certain death but it is no walk in the park and the meds are very very expensive.



    • Soylentbeans
      1:09 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      4ever magic has HIV not full blown AIDS. They’ve made it to where you can live with and manage HIV. AIDS kills tons of people still and is incurable.



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:01 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Not as uninformed as you apparently.



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:32 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Research has shown that there is a direct connection between amyl nitrate aka poppers and AIDS, but you wouldn’t know that if you only get your info from msm.



  3. runningunnin.454
    12:04 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    I think we had all come to this conclusion before his comments. Most telling was the absurd philosophy that non-conference games were more deadly than conference games.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      12:50 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      I agree mostly, but to be fair, I guess the reasoning was if you limit the number of games you limit the spread of the virus.



    • rickat
      4:49 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      Isn’t economical to pay the guarantees to the small schools if you are playing in less than full stadiums. Different story for conference games.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:53 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      Good point, Rick; but, wouldn’t the TV money take care of that? Doesn’t matter, I guess; the government, MSM, and college administrators think this is the Bubonic Plague.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:25 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Well, $hit; now I see that China is reporting a case of the Bubonic Plague. Called the Black Death, it wiped out 30-60% of Eurasia and N. Africa in the 1300’s; estimates were between 75-200 million people. Survival rate was only 50%.
      Fortunately, it’s caused by a bacteria, and antibiotics are effective.
      Can we get rid of China…please.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:31 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Now I see there were two previous cases of the plague in China last week. This could be a problem in poor, underdeveloped areas.



  4. big cat
    12:07 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    He’s as LAME as our governor. Knee jerk reactions….betcha he’s a cupcake libtard.



    • Bluehender
      4:44 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      You’re a real idiot and direct part of the problem



    • zoupman
      7:46 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      I agree. Both the Ky gov and SEC commissioner are very lame. Couple of candy asses.



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:01 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      I’m curious, has there been a governor from either party who has done anything different? I only ask because I genuinely don’t know. I don’t believe they are all lame, I haven’t heard of any governor from either party standing up to the pressure.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:10 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      4ever, the gov of South Dakota imposed zero lockdowns. She shut dowm zero businesses but encouraged people to follow safe practices.



  5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    12:48 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    “I don’t feel any pressure because of somebody else’s decisions.“

    Yeah right. Just go ahead and rip the Bandaid off and get it over with already.



  6. Tej
    12:59 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    I guess he’s spoken with epidemiologists, virologists, and other experts, and considered the threats to players, coaches, and fans. What’s he thinking?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:20 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      Have him talk to the ones who said church spreads Corona but rioting and looting don’t, and tell them this is rioting and looting and they’ll give him the A-okay!



    • satcheluk
      10:07 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      In case you were unaware of the exponential difference in risk between indoor and outdoor congregating. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/health/coronavirus-airborne-aerosols.html



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:02 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Well what did you expect for a msm source?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:15 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      That is totally nonsensical satchel. A lot of rioters wore no mask, were elbow to elbow, were in the streets by the thousands. The NYC mayor threatened to break up a Jewish funeral that I believe was to be outdoors. They are a bunch of big, fat, hypocrites.

      Don’t forget all the politicians who violated their own orders, including Deblasio.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:36 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Oh, not to mention how many of them were attacking people.



  7. PensacolaCat
    1:15 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    Anybody surprised? You put morons in power and you get moronic decisions. There WILL be football or his ass will be thrown out on the street.



  8. Lip Man 1
    1:54 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    Pensacola says: “There WILL be football or his ass will be thrown out on the street.”

    Actually no he won’t be. Before any decision is made to pull the plau university presidents and athletic directors will have to sign off on it. It is not a one person decision.

    And by the way there are reports out today (Saturday) Baylor and Ole Miss have already decided to cancel their season opening game in Houston with the formal announcement to come this week.

    It’s just a matter of time Cat, the sooner you accept the fact the easier it will be for you.

    There will NOT be football this fall at least in college and I’m guessing eventually in the NFL.

    And Sankey is correct in his comments, people being moronic and not following simple steps isn’t helping matters. These same clowns will then wail and moan when things are shut down again.



    • T-Town Cat
      2:11 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

      Actually, I don’t think the ADs will have any final say. It will be the Governors and the University Presidents making that call, which doesn’t bode well for UK.



    • Irish son
      10:09 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

      There isn’t going to be football folks, just get used to the idea. This is getting worse instead of better and as long as idiots refuse to wear mask in public, it’s not going away



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:19 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Even though the death rate is going down.



  9. mcp157
    2:33 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    I think I am finished following sports, which in reality just takes your attention from the important things, like who is in power positions in this state/country. Time for us to get more involved and not let this country be taken over by Marxists and Corporatists.



  10. DavidP19
    4:26 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    …. or by those currently in office who turn their heads and close their mouths as they are led by an outright liar and dangerously divisive leader.



  11. Cousins Fake Tooth
    4:48 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    No, the direct reality is, why not wait a while to make a decision, instead of months out? Deaths are down, you have according to the CDC down to a 0.2% death rate, and approx 50% of the deaths have been from nursing homes, (Thanks De Blasio and other commies for putting sick patients in there), and have underlying conditions. Stop letting the media freak you out and do some research and learn.



  12. BigBluSoTru
    6:42 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    Probaly saying this since everybody is picking us to win the SEC this year and not Bama. Not fair i think they should just let the 6 teams in the Sec play a tourney #1 Uk vs #6TxAM, #2Bama vs #4Fla #3 Ga,#5 LSU , based off their conference ranking.



  13. 4everUKBlue
    6:49 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    According to Bill Gates “So we……so you know we’ll have to prepare for the Next one, THAT, you know, I’d say will get attention this time.” That is a direct quote from Gates. The next lockdown will most likely be worse than the first, very little chance there will be college sports this fall. They have to generate enough fear to gain the needed support for mandatory vaccinations.



  14. Heavy C
    8:10 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    Hahaaaaaa. What a great time to be alive. You do this Contact Tracing thing to Multiple the test numbers Many Fold so you can contact people who have, haven’t had or will not have a single symptom to tell them they have a deadly virus. Hahaaaaa. Oh My. There are stories everywhere about people being contacted saying theyd been identified as high risk because of contact…tested positive with NO SYMPTOMS…followed up with more than one test from a another health care provider only to test Negative for the active virus and the antibodies. I have a friend who is a nurse at a Northern Kentucky hospital that has a Covid Unit. In the last 10 days they have had over 300 Positive Cases…ZERO Hospitalizations. You cant make this crap up.



  15. sharpshooter81
    9:42 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    If no college football this season then be prepared for universities to cut most if not all non-revenue sports. And they will get around Title IV by getting special exemptions from the NCAA. Don’t believe it will happen, think again because it’s already started at Stanford.



  16. BigBlueFoo42777
    12:21 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

    Never been a better time to get a dirt bike and hit the motocross tracks we have in ky or if you havent rode alot find a field. Beats sitting at home hearing ho we are all going to die or losing 50 bucks a day on the horses.



  17. chris43
    7:46 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

    Pretty much expected it but this is getting extremely depressing! Most likely no sports this year, no movie theaters, beaches being closed, masks anywhere ya go, amusement parks that are open require reservation plus mask outside in Summer heat along with many other activities that have been limited or closed due to this crap.



  18. Eddiemcwildcat
    9:16 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

    The real disease we need to concern ourselves with is Liberalism. Its far worse than covid.



    • Irish son
      12:37 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      It isn’t a liberal that let this spiral out of control . It was the Orange shitstain



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:21 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Even though the deat rate is going down.



    • sharpshooter81
      2:40 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      So damn true!!!



  19. tdub
    9:41 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

    Could be the best team yet in the Stoops era. Was looking forward to seeing them on the field. All politics aside, will be a shame if we don’t play.



  20. PensacolaCat
    10:33 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

    There will be many more deaths due to suicide than COVID in the south if football isn’t played.



    • sharpshooter81
      2:41 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      That will be a fact!!! Poverty and suicide will kill many more than Covid does.



  21. UKgrad80
    11:41 am July 12, 2020 Permalink

    It’s because of our governor that or case and death rates are among the lowest in the nation. If you don’t like Beshear go live in Florida where DeSantis is trading lives for money. Forgive our governor for being a caring person who puts his citizens above all else.



  22. 4everUKBlue
    12:07 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

    I’m sure the unsuccessful lock down and mask mandate has really made a difference.



    • Irish son
      12:39 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Nothing will make a difference when you have a bunch of uneducated red necks that won’t do the right things



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:29 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

      Do you count yourself among those uneducated rednecks who won’t do the right thing and is the right thing in your world?



  23. oncebitten
    8:17 pm July 12, 2020 Permalink

    At least the childcare centers are open.