The Big Ten’s announcement that it will only play conference games this year sent shockwaves through the sports world this afternoon, most notably across the SEC. AL.com’s John Talty is reporting that his sources in the league were caught off guard by the news and now feel like their hands are tied when it comes to the 2020 season.
Regardless of whether the Southeastern Conference wants to follow the Big Ten’s path, it may have no choice now. In talking to sources throughout the conference in the aftermath of the Big Ten’s decision, there was a sense of surprise and disappointment that the Big Ten decided on July 9 to move to a conference-only schedule.
With the Big Ten moving to conference-only, and reports of the Pac-12 and ACC likely following suit, SEC school leaders seemed resigned to a similar fate Thursday. Sources throughout the SEC felt like the Big Ten just backed them into a corner sooner than was necessary.
This evening, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released this statement on the league’s plans for the fall. (Spoiler: We don’t know yet)
“The Southeastern Conference will continue to meet regularly with our campus leaders in the coming weeks, guided by medical advisors, to make the important decisions necessary to determine the best path forward related to the SEC fall sports. We recognize the challenges ahead and know the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans must remain at the forefront of those decisions.”
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