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SEC Commissioner says fall sports decision will come in late July

© Jason Getz | USATSI

© Jason Getz | USATSI

Athletic directors from across the Southeastern Conference met at the SEC Office in Birmingham Monday to discuss the conference’s game plan for resuming collegiate athletics amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Their decision was… No decision, for now. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey still believes the right time to make a decision will come by the end of July.

“It is clear that current circumstances related to COVID-19 must improve and we will continue to closely monitor developments around the virus on a daily basis,” Sankey said. “In the coming weeks we will continue to meet regularly with campus leaders via videoconferences and gather relevant information while guided by medical advisors. We believe that late July will provide the best clarity for making the important decisions ahead of us.”

Commissioner Sankey joined Paul Finebaum on the radio after the meeting. When asked about delaying a conference-wide decision (unlike the Big Ten and the Pac-12, which have both already decided on a conference-only season), Sankey said: “Let’s use time to the extent it’s available.” He added the Big Ten’s decision won’t have much of an impact on the SEC’s decision, as there weren’t SEC-Big Ten matchups scheduled for this fall anyway.

“We’ve had minimal impact to our direct schedule,” Sankey said.

In Monday’s meeting, the athletic directors heard a report from members of the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. They discussed issues relevant to the current pre-season calendar and the approaching fall seasons of competition, including an update on current COVID-19 testing procedures in place at each school. For Kentucky, that means testing all of its student athletes.

Monday’s meeting marked the first in-person meeting of the Conference’s athletics directors since the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament was shut down in March. SEC athletic directors have been communicating via videoconference multiple times per week since then, but they were able to meet in person Monday thanks to a large conference room inside the SEC’s headquarters that allowed plenty of room for social distancing among the group. Several external groups and other individuals joined the meeting via videoconference.

Basically, the news means we’ll still have to wait and see.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

8 Comments for SEC Commissioner says fall sports decision will come in late July

  1. michaelb
    6:48 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Doesn’t seem like sankey should be the end all be all of this. Not making decisions based on ‘science’ either

  2. bbanks81
    7:45 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    At this point I give a true football season about a 5% chance for the fall. The SEC states are some of the worst states in the nation for the pandemic numbers and death rates, and there are no signs it’s going to get better anytime soon.
    There is zero reason to put these kids or the staffs in jeopardy for financial gain or our entertainment. Anyone that is going to get butt hurt over this likely decision needs to get a grip on life and find a hobby for this fall….

    • PensacolaCat
      9:20 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      Very confused. Where is the death rate high in the south? Further, why couldn’t football happen without fans if necessary (which it’s not)? The possibility of a death for a college football player is 0.

  3. UKBigBlueForever
    8:09 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Where is that old geezer 4everUKBlue been at lately? His couch doctorate degree must’ve expired, he went to Wally world to get a renewal

    • rlee7932
      8:37 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      Many people are saying that he is stuck on the short bus on the way home from John Birch summer camp. They inadvertently took a left turn and occupants rioted

  4. Lip Man 1
    12:32 am July 14, 2020 Permalink

    Banks: It’s not just football, read the following from Gary Parrish tonight after the national junior college association said nothing will start until January. He says the odds of D-I programs being able to start in November are basically slim and none:

  5. Lip Man 1
    12:34 am July 14, 2020 Permalink

    Also today the Patriot League announced “No fall sports.”

  6. RealCatsFan
    8:13 am July 14, 2020 Permalink

    Deaths are not the whole story here, people. Hospitalizations are way up. This thing could be 100% non fatal, and the lost productivity and lives ruined from long term effects (which are just now coming into focus) would still cripple the economy. The fact that medical science is getting better at treating it is encouraging, but a lot of people who get this are facing long term health consequences and huge medical bills.